Russia 2018: Over 170,000 Sign Petition Demanding Colombia, England Replay
The petition calls for FIFA "to review these two actions, in order to set a precedent for fair play".
Harry Kane goes down in a heavy tussle with Carlos Sanchez. Many have referred to it as 'a non-existent foul' PHOTO | REUTERS | COURTESY
A petition has been signed by over 170,000 people calling on FIFA to replay the 2018 World Cup last 16 clash that pitted Colombia against England last Tuesday.
According to the Mirror, the petition calls for the world football governing body to review two key decisions and replay the game "in order to set a precedent for fair play"
The petition, which was started two days ago, argues that the Three Lions and Gareth Southgate's men were awarded a second-half penalty for a supposedly non-existent foul. Additionally, the petition claims, Colombian striker Carlos Bacca's goal in extra time should not have been disallowed.
Bacca and Colombia who were fixed on getting the win that would catapult them to the last eight had scored after referee Mark Geiger had already halted the proceedings of the game, with England defender Harry Maguire distracted by a second ball that was on its way to the pitch if the assistant had not stopped it.
On Tuesday night, Kane fired a shot from the spot past David Ospina 3 minutes to the hour mark after the American referee ruled that Carlos Sanchez had illegally wrestled the England Captain to the ground at a corner. The decision did not augur well with the Colombian tactician Jose Pekerman who argued that Englands 'fall in the box' was was a confusion over the amount of physical contact tolerated at corners.
Others were also agitated with Geiger's decision, including the 1986 World Cup Winner, Diego Maradona. Maradona termed the result and the referee's performance 'a monumental robbery' during his interview with Telesur, a Venezuelan television Channel, a comment that FIFA condemned.