England's Stones labels Colombia 'dirtiest team' he has faced

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Maradona, the Hand of God who cheated the Three Lions at the 1986 tournament in Mexico, insists Colombia were hampered by poor refereeing decisions.

Geiger awarded a penalty to England after Carlos Sanchez was adjudged to have brought down Harry Kane, although Colombia levelled through Yerry Mina's stoppage-time header.

Argentinian Diego Maradona, a World Cup victor in 1986, was also angry with that decision and Geiger's performance, calling the result a "monumental robbery" in an interview with Venezuelan television channel Telesur. "I apologise to all the Colombia people, but they must know the players are not to blame", Maradona told Venezuela TV station Telesur.

"Here's a gentleman who decides, a referee who, if you Google him, shouldn't be given a match of this magnitude..."

The petition calls for the game to be replayed due to two decisions made by American referee Mark Geiger.

The ever-controversial former World Cup victor also pointed the finger at Pierluigi Collina, head of FIFA's referee committee, for allowing Geiger's designation.

"These people are just lowlifes who are not real Colombian football fans, who should be arrested and thrown into jail". "I hope it will give belief to generations of players that follow, because they can see what is possible in life".

It argues that England's second half penalty should not have been given and that Geiger was wrong to stop play before Carlos Bacca put the ball in the net in extra-time.

"You have seen the clips from the game and I'd not even seen the incident with Raheem Sterling and one of their staff".

Kane's penalty was his sixth goal at the finals in Russian Federation and made him the first England player to score in six consecutive appearances since Tommy Lawton in 1939.

Colombia had six players booked across the 120 minutes, with Wilmar Barrios among those to be cautioned for a headbutt on Jordan Henderson.

John Stones says Colombia were the "dirtiest team" he has ever faced and is glad England's new-found streetwise streak helped knock the South Americans out of the World Cup.

"It was Kane's fault".

"I repeat, why didn't the referee ask for the VAR?"

If England get past Sweden they face a potential semi-final against hosts Russian Federation or Croatia for their first appearance in a final since winning the World Cup for the only time in 1966.

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