Falcao Accuses Referee Of England Bias
Radamel Falcao Accuses Referee Of England Bias
Colombia striker Radamel Falcao accused American referee Mark Geiger of being biased after Los Cafeteros were dumped out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup via a penalty shootout by England.
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The South Americans, who conceded a penalty in the game, were blown up for 23 of the game's 36 fouls, and also received six of the eight yellow cards during the match in Moscow.
Former Manchester United and Chelsea striker Falcao has since stated that he and his team did not feel the game was officiated fairly, suggesting that the referee favoured the Three Lions.
"I found it peculiar that they put an American referee in this instance," the striker said, as quoted by ESPN.
"To tell you the truth, the process leaves a lot of doubts. He only spoke English, some bias was certain. Through small calls, he was pushing us (toward) our goal, that was clear for me.
"The referee disturbed us a lot, in the 50-50 plays, he always made the calls in favour of England.
"This situation was undermining us. He didn't act with the same criteria for both teams.
"When in doubt, he always went to the England side. It's shameful that this happens in the round of 16 of a World Cup."
This is not the first time Geiger has been accused of improper behaviour at this World Cup – in the group stage of the competition, Morocco international Nordin Amrabat said he heard the match official ask for Cristiano Ronaldo's shirt after Portugal beat the North Africans 1-0.
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