A petition calling for England to replay their World Cup last-16 tie against Colombia has reached nearly 250,000 signatures.
Los Cafeteros supporters are unhappy with some of the refereeing decisions from Mark Geiger, who legendary figure Maradona suggested was not fit to officiate a match of such high magnitude.
Colombia boss Jose Pekerman also felt that England’s players all to often attempted to con the American ref, and this is a view shared by many others.
Two days on from the Three Lions’ penalty-shootout triumph in Moscow, just short of a quarter of a million people have signed the petition – set up by law student Juan Diego Garcia – calling for the two sides to face off again.
“I want to denounce in front of FIFA and with the support of all my Colombian compatriots, the match of the round of 16 between Colombia and England,” reads a translation of the petition, which was started by Colombian law student Juan Diego García Muñoz.
The petition specifically calls out two controversial plays that weren’t submitted to FIFA’s video assistant referees, the system new to this year’s tournament that places a team of officials in a separate room to replay contentious plays and assist the on-field refs.
One involves a “nonexistent foul” called on Colombia that gave England captain Harry Kane a penalty kick. The second involves a goal by Colombia’s Carlos Bacca that was called back because of a stray ball.
The petition asks that FIFA, the sport’s governing body, review the plays.
Of course, an online petition has no real power, and FIFA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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