Some angry Colombia fans have started a petition demanding Tuesday’s World Cup last-16 clash against England be replayed following the Three Lions’ penalty shoot-out win.
People have urged FIFA to review a number of incidents in thematch – the award of a penalty to England and the decision to reject a goal by Carlos Bacca for the reason that two balls were in play.
More than 170,000 people have put their signatures to the petition, which was launched two days ago when Gareth Southgate’s men booked a quarter-final clash with Sweden.
Colombian fans have argued that England were awarded their second-half penalty for “a non-existent foul”. They also feel that Bacca’s extra-time goal should have been allowed to ount.
Bacca had blasted the ball into the net after American referee Mark Geiger had already blown his whistle to stop play.
He stopped the game after England defender Harry Maguire was distracted by a second ball that would have come on the field had the assistant not stopped it.
The petition calls on football governing body “to review these two actions, in order to set a precedent for fair play”.
Argentina legend Diego Maradona also rant and raved at the decision as well as referee Geiger’s performance, calling the result a “monumental robbery” in an extraordinary angry outburst on Venezuelan TV.
FIFA replied Maradona’s comments with a statement that said it “strongly rebukes the criticism of the performance of the match officials which it considers to have been positive in a tough and highly emotional match”.