Diego Maradona has apologized to FIFA and its referees for saying that England’s last prevail upon Colombia in a World Cup 2018 match was a robbery and that referee Mark Geiger was not up to the mark. Maradona Said sorry in the wake of being reproved by representing body following remarks he made after England’s penalty shootout win.
“Overcome by emotion in cheering for Colombia the other day I said a couple of things and I admit, some of them were unacceptable,” Maradona wrote on his Instagram account.
“My apologies to FIFA and its president (Gianni Infantino); although I sometimes disagree with some refereeing decisions I have the utmost respect for the work which isn’t easy –that the referees do.”
England won the match on penalties following 120 minutes marred by squabbling, protests to the referee, play-acting and feigning injury.
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.”
In that context, FIFA said it was “extremely sorry to read such declarations from a player who has written the history of our game.”
Maradona had said England’s win was a “monumental robbery” and that Geiger “shouldn’t be given a match of this magnitude.”