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Maradona criticized by FIFA for “monumental theft” comments

Friday, 2018-07-06 01:44:17
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Argentinean football legend Diego Maradona (Reuters)
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FIFA have “strongly rebuked” former Argentinean football legend Diego Maradona for comments he made about referee Mark Geiger's handling of the last 16 World Cup tie between Colombia and England on Tuesday night. Maradona commented that despite TV images showing it to be a clear penalty, England's win was a "monumental theft" and also criticized Geiger's designation as match official.

* The Costa Rican Football Federation (FEDFUTBOL) has confirmed that coach Oscar Ramirez will not have his contract extended following their exit from the group stage of the World Cup. Ramirez took over the Costa Rica side following Pablo Wanchope's controversial resignation in 2015 and led the side to nine wins, six draws and four defeats in the 16 qualifying games and three games in the World Cup finals.

* Brazil coach Tite said he is desperate to avoid the "horror" lottery of penalties as he handed World Cup quarter-final opponents Belgium a frightening list of obstacles to overcome on Friday. He is adamant the cool-headed Brazilians can secure their semi-final spot over the 90 minutes.

* Japan's football chief took aim at critics of the Samurai Blue on Thursday (July 5) after the team's World Cup return and confirmed he was on the lookout for a new coach. JFA president Kozo Tashima told a news conference that caretaker boss Akira Nishino would not continue in the role after steering Japan to the knockout stages in Russia.

* Brazil right back Danilo has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup after suffering ankle ligament damage in training on the eve of Friday’s quarter-final against Belgium, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said in a statement.

* American Noah Lyles equaled the year’s best 200 meters time when he stormed home in 19.69 seconds at the Lausanne Diamond League meeting on Thursday. The time tied his personal best and the world leading time, which he shares with South Africa’s Clarence Munyai.

Reuters, CNA, Xinhua
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