The 32: Colombia petition labelled a 'nonsense' by Mick McCarthy

Heather Diaz
July 6, 2018

In a rant over the quality of refereeing, particularly the performance of match official Mark Geiger, 1986 World Cup victor Maradona criticized Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino, and the organization's head of refereeing Pierluigi Collina.

England's John Stones also described Colombia as the "dirtiest team" he had ever faced. We stuck to our plan and kept playing our way of football - for me, that's a great sign for a team to have. "But we'll know a bit more tomorrow, really".

"This is the sort of game you dream about as a little boy and we can enjoy it from the first second", said Belgium coach Roberto Martinez.

Asked what Southgate might say in his team-talk before the Sweden match, Eriksson added: "Not in the team-talk, but probably two or three days before he will perhaps remind the players "hey, Sweden are not Brazil but Sweden are hard to play against". It wasn't always pretty and I have even seen some English players flirting with the fake diving. It was just so surprising to come across those things. We stuck to our game plan and never got into the brawl that they wanted.

The 1996 hit by Baddiel and Skinner and The Lightning Seeds has been everywhere during England's World Cup campaign with countless tribute videos emerging on social media.

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In attack, they lack the world-class edge that Zlatan Ibrahimovic once brought but they are big and strong and keep pumping balls into the box until one falls right for them.

He had told Venezuelan TV channel Telesur: "I apologise to all the Colombian people, but the players are not to blame". But, if anyone in the squad thinks they have an easy game on Saturday, they're wrong. I hope Sweden but it is going to be very tight - 50-50.

Standing in front of the reporters after Tuesday's defeat by England on penalties in the best of 16 round, Colombia captain Radamel Falcao criticized American referee Mark Geiger for what he called a bias towards England.

Ranged across the pitch in a traditional 4-4-2 formation, they are happy to cede possession - Switzerland enjoyed 63 percent on Tuesday - confident that by working indefatigably for each other they would get it back. "I don't think I can explain it in Swedish, either". "Sometimes you can't complain".

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