Diego Maradona

FIFA has rebuked Argentina great Diego Maradona’s comments that England’s win over Colombia was a robbery and that referee Mark Geiger was not up to the task.

Maradona had said England’s win was a “monumental robbery” and that Geiger “shouldn’t be given a match of this magnitude.”

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“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 the global soccer body in a statement.

FIFA 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.”

The association added that it was “extremely sorry to read such declarations from a player who has written the history of our game.”