Argentina Legend Diego Maradona has taken to the social media to apologize for his comments on referee Mark Geiger during the England and Colombia game in the on going World Cup.
The legend accused the referee during the penelaty shoot out game for being biased towards England.
“Taken by the thrill of cheering for Colombia the other day, I said a couple of things and, I admit, some of them are unacceptable.”Maradona said on social media.
When posting the apology,Maradona posted a picture of himself together with Fifa President Gianni Infantino in Russia in a fully packed stadium.
“My apologies to FIFA and its President: even though I can sometimes have opinions contrary to some referee’s decisions,” he added.
The Argentina icon felt that the penalty given to England after Harry Kane was brought down by Carlos Sanchez was wrong and instead Geiger should have penalized Harry Kane for the challenge.He termed the decision as a “”monumental theft”
“Here’s a gentleman who decides, a referee who, if you Google him, shouldn’t be given a match of this magnitude… Geiger, an American, what a coincidence,” Maradona said during a show. show.
Football governing body Fifa described Maradona’s comments as “entirely inappropriate and completely unfounded”.
“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,” it said.
The legend also added that “I have absolute respect for the job – not easy – the institution and referees do”.
Former Chelsea player and Colombia captain Radamel Falcao was also not pleased with the referee’s decision terming it as “shamefull”.
Falcao was among the booked players in the tough match that was won by Englans on penalties.