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190,000 people sign petition demanding England's World Cup last-16 win over Colombia be replayed

Over 190,000 people sign petition demanding England's World Cup win over Colombia be replayed 'in order to set a precedent for fair play'

  • England beat Colombia on penalties to secure spot in World Cup quarter-finals 
  • The feisty game was refereed by American Mark Geiger, who has been criticised
  • A petition has been started by a group of angry Colombian supporters 
  • They feel two key decisions went against Colombia at the Spartak Stadium 

By Spencer Morgan For Mailonline

Published: 10:40 EDT, 5 July 2018 | Updated: 11:38 EDT, 5 July 2018

A petition to have England's World Cup last-16 clash with Colombia replayed has garnered over 190,000 signatures.

Launched by angry Colombian supporters, the petition was started after the Three Lions progressed to the quarter-finals via a dramatic penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw in Moscow on Tuesday night. 

It argues that Gareth Southgate's men were awarded their second-half penalty for a 'non-existent foul' when Carlos Sanchez was deemed to have brought down Harry Kane.

Mark Geiger officiated a feisty last-16 clash which was eventually won on penalties by England
Mark Geiger officiated a feisty last-16 clash which was eventually won on penalties by England

Mark Geiger officiated a feisty last-16 clash which was eventually won on penalties by England

Angry Colombia supporters have launched a petition to have the last-16 match replayed
Angry Colombia supporters have launched a petition to have the last-16 match replayed

Angry Colombia supporters have launched a petition to have the last-16 match replayed

The petition on Change.org has gathered more than 190,000 signatures in two days 
The petition on Change.org has gathered more than 190,000 signatures in two days 

The petition on Change.org has gathered more than 190,000 signatures in two days 


It also contends that Carlos Bacca's extra-time 'goal' should have been allowed to stand, the Colombian forward having hit the back of the net after the referee had stopped play with Harry Maguire distracted by a second ball which would have rolled onto the pitch had it not been stopped by the assistant.

The petition states that both incidents were clear cases of referee Mark Geiger directing the game in favour of the English and thus asks FIFA to review them in order to 'set a precedent for fair play'. 

As of Thursday, the it had 192,000 signatures but Colombia fans can forget about any realistic hopes of the game being replayed with England facing Sweden in the semi-finals on Saturday afternoon.

The petition argues Carlos Sanchez's challenge on Harry Kane was a 'non-existent' foul
The petition argues Carlos Sanchez's challenge on Harry Kane was a 'non-existent' foul

The petition argues Carlos Sanchez's challenge on Harry Kane was a 'non-existent' foul

Colombia players surrounded the official for three minutes before Kane could take the penalty
Colombia players surrounded the official for three minutes before Kane could take the penalty

Colombia players surrounded the official for three minutes before Kane could take the penalty

Los Cafeteros manager Jose Pekerman claimed Southgate's side 'fall in the box' and condemned 'confusion' over contact during set pieces following the tie. 

Argentina legend Diego Maradona was also hugely critical of the officiating during the game, labelling the result a 'monumental robbery' in an interview with Venezuelan television channel Telesur.

England fans were also unimpressed with the refereeing on Monday night, believing Colombia's Wilmar Barrios deserved a red card when he headbutted Jordan Henderson shortly before half-time.

The petition also contends that Carlos Bacca's extra-time 'goal' was wrongly disallowed
The petition also contends that Carlos Bacca's extra-time 'goal' was wrongly disallowed

The petition also contends that Carlos Bacca's extra-time 'goal' was wrongly disallowed

The striker could not hide his frustration after the referee's decision to bring back play  
The striker could not hide his frustration after the referee's decision to bring back play  

The striker could not hide his frustration after the referee's decision to bring back play  

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