Wednesday, 4 July 2018

#COLENG: The England players were diving - Angry Colombia coach says

Colombia manager Jose Pekerman has expressed his anger at England's players, accusing them of diving in their World Cup last-16 clash.
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England progressed to the quarter-finals after winning a penalty shootout in Moscow on Tuesday evening, but looked set win 1-0 in normal time after Harry Kane won a second-half penalty which was bitterly disputed by the Colombia players. Yerry Mina took the game to extra-time with an injury-time equaliser, but there were several flashpoints throughout the game including a first-half altercation between Jordan Henderson and Wilmar Barrios which saw the England player go down claiming a headbutt.

Pekerman said "Players fall in the box, they collide and fall, you have to try and stand in the shoes of these players. They are subject to situations which shouldn't really be present in football. These interruptions are bad. When there are so, so many fouls and interruptions I think that's not good. We have to try and find the right balance so that football can happen and the two sides can play the match with good intentions. We shouldn't only look at Colombian players, people should look at England players. I wish I was wrong, but I think from the next match England will be much more careful. Today we were on the receiving end of this but I hope it won't happen again. It's been absolutely obvious, too obvious."

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