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Falcao Accuses Referee Of England Bias

Radamel Falcao Accuses Referee Of England Bias

By Keegan Kruger - Jul 04, 2018 08:30 AM @KeeganKruger

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.

Click through the gallery above to see some images of Colombia’s loss to England at the World Cup.

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."

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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.

Do you think Colombia have a valid complaint, or does this sound like sour grapes to you? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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Mrtpndwa Joined: 18 Feb 2018
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Mrtpndwa Jul 04, 2018 06:01 PM
Ya it's true this referee was always supporting the Englandian team
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ta more@mbekweni Joined: 05 Jun 2018
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ta more@mbekweni Jul 04, 2018 05:28 PM
Nonsense wena Falcao
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tshoshandros Joined: 15 Nov 2014
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tshoshandros Jul 04, 2018 03:36 PM
Ashley Young deserves to be a captain, I saw that last night, he was calming every one down like captains does. He shows lot of maturity compared to what he used to be.
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tshoshandros Joined: 15 Nov 2014
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tshoshandros Jul 04, 2018 03:31 PM
I saw nothing wrong with the referee, what I saw was Colombians kicking England players left and right, truly speaking Falcow doesn't deserve to be captain.
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blackmeteor Jul 04, 2018 11:40 AM
Very, Very serious accusations......he must back this up with proof so that it can be investigated...........if not, Falcao must be sanctioned. These accusations are peculiar coming from a player that could not even control his own discipline, let alone the discipline of his players...........Colombia lost against themselves last night and now comes the sour grapes...........
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Ms Momo Joined: 26 May 2018
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Ms Momo Jul 04, 2018 10:30 AM
not worth debating
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Ms Momo Jul 04, 2018 10:23 AM
yes i agree with you on dis one but yr guys fumbled wen ospina gave lyf line on de last 2 spot kicks u shuld hv grabed de opotunity with both hands as much as I suport u on dis isue r u awere dat fifa favours u as well(southamerica) dat sub continent of yrs hv 4,5 represantives(if am not mistaken) at de world cup out of less dan 15 countries were Africa hv only 5 out of more dan 50 countries so man our issue superseds one dat of yrs if u r talking abt equality so u both benefits at expense of Africa yr issue is useless to me
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thato357 Jul 04, 2018 10:14 AM
Its true these European Refs are Bais, they always Favour Europeans through out the tournament.
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Soni_JX Jul 04, 2018 10:14 AM
I watch that game last night........this COW is talking cow dung. What I witnessed is out-right indiscipline and disrespect for the game of football by these COWs. Especially this HOOLIGAN called FalCOW........Him being the skipper but showing that level od ill-discipline is a complete turn-off. That No. 5 boy was busy kicking everyone and he still stayed in the field......what bias is this COW pointing? The very same penalty they conceded is as a result of distasteful behaviour by these HOOLIGANS. There is one special HOOLIGAN who was busy delaying this game with his useless and pointless protests......and that one is this FoulCOW. He is the reason behind his team loosing its cool and getting de-focused. Colombia could've beaten England hands down. They were superior than them in every department except DISCIPLINE. They have costed themselves by wasting their energies on FoulCOW theatrical comodey that focusing on the game they had grabbed by both hands. Talking of another counter-productive man given the arm-band.
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Vharazipi Jul 04, 2018 09:48 AM
Yaa this is true my brother. What is the world football body doing when noticing such behavior from march officials. Is the world football body dealing with referees doing their job. This is really pathetic. I am an African but we as soccer lovers need to witness fantastic football not biased football. And we can not take it like a mistake because he was supporting England from the first whistle to the end. This is not the world cup most people where expecting to witness. He was dishing yellow cards to fritern Colombian players does that make sense to the world football body to witness such pathetic referee and kept quiet. Or can we say no body saw it. I can tell you the game between Belgium and Japan referee. I didn't watch it but I can take my hut off for his performance. This is good for our soccer not what happened between England and Colombia. The football board must tell the world why this happened like this and nobody is talking about it.
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So-Mathabo-KBY Jul 04, 2018 09:42 AM
European countries will forever get preferential treatment at these major tournaments, bloody racists even the commentator couldn't hold his excitement for England. The should just relax and watch France(95% African) lift the world cup
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Alusta Jul 04, 2018 09:41 AM
I agree with u boy,but u must be proud of yourselves,u played well under those conditions

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