FIFA has rebuked football legend Diego Marodona after he made comments about referee Mark Geiger.
Geiger officiated the England’s Round of 16 win over Colombia marred by squabbling, protests to the referee, play-acting and feigning injury.
The Argentine great described the victory as a “monumental robbery” and that the American referee “shouldn’t be given a match of this magnitude.”
“Following comments made by Diego Armando Maradona…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,” said FIFA in a statement.
FIFA also said it was “doing everything within its power to ensure principles of fair play, integrity and respect are at the forefront of this World Cup and how the organisation is now run.”