#WorldCupWith360nobs: Colombia Coach Jose Pekerman Accuses England Players Of Diving

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Colombia striker Radamel Falcao accused the American referee of "bias" towards England while Argentinian World Cup victor Maradona's words were even stronger.

Former Argentina World Cup victor Diego Maradona had also chimed in on the game labelling England's victory as a "monumental theft". "I apologise to all the Colombian people, but they must know the players are not to blame", Maradona told Venezuela-based TV channel Telesur.

Neymar has been heavily criticised for his playacting in recent days but he's far from the only player who has deliberately attempted to deceive the referee in order to gain his team an advantage. "He can not be put in to referee a match of this magnitude", he said.

Kane's penalty was his sixth goal at the finals in Russian Federation and made him the first England player to score in six consecutive appearances since Tommy Lawton in 1939.

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"My apologies to Federation Internationale de Football Association and its president: as much as I may sometimes have opinions contrary to some arbitration decisions, I have absolute respect for the work - not easy - that the institution and the referees do". It has to be transparent. That's why I didn't go there.

Harry Kane had given England the lead from the penalty spot and Colombia's chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals looked slim.

He should also be given credit for insisting his players practice penalties, even bringing in a psychologist to help them, after a succession of his predecessors wrote the whole process off as a lottery beyond their control.

"Every team has lots of diving, lots of pretending, lots of putting pressure on the referee". Twice the English threw themselves to the ground and he did not admonish them.

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Harry Kane opened the scoring with his sixth goal of the tournament from the penalty spot but England were furious that American referee Mark Geiger only showed a yellow card for a first-half headbutt by Wilmar Barrios on Jordan Henderson.

"As much as I may sometimes have opinions contrary to some refereeing decisions, I have absolute respect for the work - not easy - that the institution and the referees do".

It was left for Dier to score and the Tottenham Hotspur defender did so with perhaps the worst penalty of the night, but it didn't matter any longer because England were playing Sweden on Saturday, in their easiest ever quarterfinal since facing Cameroon in Itlaia '90.

"I've never seen a game like this before and how they behaved".

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