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Federation Internationale de Football Association condemned comments by Diego Maradona on Wednesday, after the Argentinian legend claimed that Colombia only lost to England in the World Cup last 16 because of the appointment of referee Mark Geiger for the match.

Colombia received six of the eight yellow cards for the game, including one for Wilmar Barrios for an apparent headbutt on Jordan Henderson.

Maradona, who is understood to receive $10,000 USA dollars a game from FIFA as part of its "Legends" ambassador programme, also said that FIFA's referees committee chairman Pierluigi Collina should "apologise to the Colombian people" because Geiger "knows a lot about baseball but has no idea about football".

Kane was clumsily bundled to the ground by Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez and the England skipper scored from the spot to give the Three Lions a 1-0 lead.

Maradona later issued an apology on Instagram, writing: "I said a couple of things and, I admit, some of them are unacceptable".

The South Americans had been getting away with blatant holding and wrestling at each of England's many corners and the referee's patience finally snapped when Carlos Sanchez hauled down tournament leading scorer Kane once too often.

"I know they weren't happy with us before this match because there were lots of remarks, serious comments and unfounded comments".

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"I was surprised to see central defenders like Harry Maguire, normally he is a very honest guy, diving in the attacking box asking the referee for VAR."
England has a great weapon in aerial play and we have seen that in all their matches.

"Sometimes you have to repeat a free-kick or whatever, but when there are so many fouls we have to try and find the balance so football can happen and the two sides can play the match with good intentions, not only looking at Colombia players, but England players".

Maradona, who mostly attended World Cup games in Russian Federation as a VIP guest of FIFA, was photographed before the game wearing a Colombia shirt.

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A member of the Colombia coaching staff appeared to deliberately barge Sterling as the Manchester City player headed towards the half-time at the interval, escaping with just a telling-off.

Neymar has been heavily criticised for his playacting in recent days but he's far from the only player who has deliberately attempted to deceive the referee in order to gain his team an advantage. "It is not possible, this has to be denounced". "He can not be put in to referee a match of this magnitude", he said.