FIFA furious after Maradona calls England’s win ‘monumental robbery’

first_imgArgentine legend Diego Maradona has been reprimanded yet again by FIFA for his actions and comments in the ongoing World Cup. Hesuggested that England perpetrated a “monumental robbery” in their World Cup victory over Colombia and accused referee Mark Geiger of not being up to standard for handling such a game.FIFA has come out and issued a statement which “strongly rebukes” Diego Maradona’s comments.”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 football body in a statement.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”It also considers the additional comments and insinuations made as being entirely inappropriate and completely unfounded.”England won the Round of 16 match on penalties following 120 minutes marred by squabbling, protests to the referee, play-acting and feigning injury.READ – Maradona expresses desire to coach Argentina for freeFIFA 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.”READ – Maradona wants to find out who spread rumours of his deathMaradona said England’s win was a “monumental robbery” and that Geiger “shouldn’t be given a match of this magnitude.”He added: “Geiger, an American, what a coincidence.”advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Liverpool boss big six battles under Klopp

first_imgLiverpool Better than Man Utd, City and Chelsea – Liverpool boss big six battles under Klopp Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 21:57 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Getty Liverpool Premier League Jürgen Klopp Liverpool v Manchester United Manchester United The German may have faced some uncomfortable questions of late, but he continues to boast a fine record against the best in the Premier League Liverpool’s goalless draw with Manchester United means that Jurgen Klopp has preserved his fine record in ‘big six’ tussles.Since taking the reins at Anfield in October 2015, nobody has claimed more points in meetings between Premier League heavyweights than the German tactician.Rooney 5/1 First Goalscorer v Brighton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. That record has been extended to 37 points following a stalemate at Anfield on Saturday.37 – Since Jurgen Klopp took charge, Liverpool have won the most points in matches between the “big six” in the @premierleague. Bragging. pic.twitter.com/bs5GphOx9S— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 14, 2017Liverpool have beaten Arsenal and lost to Manchester City this season, while being held by United.The problem for the Reds has not been clashes with fellow top-four hopefuls, it is facing sides that set up to frustrate them.Klopp has seen points slip through his grasp in 2017/18 against Watford, Burnley and Newcastle.Defensive frailties have been blamed for those stumbles, with Liverpool having struggled to keep opponents out.They were, however, relatively comfortable against United as they secured just a third shutout of the campaign.The challenge now is to build on that performance, with another ‘big six’ side awaiting them in their next top-flight outing – Tottenham at Wembley on October 22. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more