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Diego Maradona apologises to FIFA for refereeing comments

Maradona apologises to FIFA for ref comments
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Maradona admits that some of the comments he made about FIFA and referee Mark Geiger were "unacceptable" after suggesting that England were favoured against Colombia.

Diego Maradona has backtracked on comments made about FIFA and referee Mark Geiger in the aftermath of Colombia's last-16 defeat to England at the World Cup.

In a rant on Venezuelan television, the 57-year-old accused the officials of siding with the Three Lions and described the result as a "monumental theft".

The 1986 World Cup winner also suggested that Pierluigi Collina, president of FIFA's referees committee, was partly to blame for putting Geiger in charge of the match.

Following a strong rebuttal from the governing body on Thursday morning, however, Maradona has now issued an apology on Instagram.

"Taken by the excitement of supporting Colombia the other day, I said a couple of things and, I admit, some of them are unacceptable," he posted. "My apologies to FIFA and its president."

England beat Colombia on penalties after playing out a 1-1 draw across 120 minutes in Moscow.


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