FIFA issued a statement that “strongly rebukes” Diego Maradona’s criticism of referee Mark Geiger following England’s World Cup penalty shoot-out win over Colombia on Tuesday.
The Argentina icon – who has rarely been out of the headlines during Russia 2018 – believes Colombia were victims of a “monumental theft” and laid into the performance of the officials.
FIFA responded and described the 57-year-old’s comments as “entirely inappropriate and completely unfounded”.
A statement read: “Following comments made by Diego Armando Maradona in relation to Tuesday’s round of 16 game, Colombia v England, FIFA 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.
Jose Pekerman’s side received six bookings in a tempestuous match, but Maradona had said Colombia could feel robbed and questioned the decision of FIFA referees chief Pierluigi Collina to appoint American official Geiger.