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.
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.