Maradona Apologises To FIFA Over Referee’s Outburst

Supporters of Swizerland at Saint Petersburg Stadium

Maradona was at the match as a guest of Federation Internationale de Football Association and was pictured before the game wearing a Colombia shirt.

England advanced to the quarterfinals in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in a feisty game slowed by stoppages and players arguing with Geiger, a former high school teacher from New Jersey.

However, FIFA responded with a stern statement reprimanding the comments made by the Argentina legend.

This year, we've also been blessed to witness some "big" teams break respective hoodoos, for instance, England won a penalty shootout in the tournament for the first time in their history.

The Colombian striker put the ball in the net after referee Geiger had already blown his whistle because two balls were in play.

"The penalty was not a penalty - it was a foul by Kane", Maradona told Telesur.

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He added: "I told Gianni Infantino that if I worked for Federation Internationale de Football Association I would change everything".

Maradona had earlier remarked: "Today I saw a monumental robbery on the pitch... a fatal mistake for a whole country".

He also stated that Federation Internationale de Football Association referees committee chairman Pierluigi Collina should apologise to the Colombian people.

"Geiger, an American, what a coincidence", Maradona said on Venezuelan television.

More than 250,000 people have signed an online petition claiming that the match was unfairly officiated and should be replayed.

REUTERS/GETTYCould England make it to the final of the World Cup? The centre half, who branded Colombia the "dirtiest" team he has ever faced, defended England's approach in the face of comments from Jose Mourinho and Diego Maradona suggesting Gareth Southgate used underhand tactics against the South Americans.

Maradona has made plenty of headlines throughout the tournament in Russian Federation, particularly for his animated support of Argentina during their final group game against Nigeria, where he celebrated Marcos Rojo's last victor by directing a middle finger gesture at members of the crowd.

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