first_imgThe referee officiating the round of 16 match between Colombia and England is receiving flak from all corners, especially from supporters of the latter team, for his poor performance at the Spartak stadium in Moscow on Wednesday night.American referee Mark Geiger gave away as many as 8 yellow cards during the 120 minutes of the match with Colombian players getting booked 6 times.England eventually emerged as the winners as they beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties to advance to the quarterfinals where they will face Sweden on July 7.World Cup 2018: England overcome Colombia via penalty shootout, in last 8The match had finished 1-1 in regulation plus extra-time after captain Harry Kane converted a penalty to put England ahead in the 57th penalty but Colombia drew level in stoppage time after Yerry Mina headed in the equaliser in the 93rd minute.Harry Kane’s England break World Cup penalty jinx: Stats and factsGeiger and Video Assistant Referees (VAR) however, were in the news for the inconsistency in their decisions throughout the match with even the Colombia coach Jose Pekerman criticising his performance for the numerous interruptions in the match thanks to all the fouls the referee awarded.”There were many situations, as expected, and everybody knew the match would be like this and I think we have to try to defend football,” the Argentine coach said.”We have to do something to protect football when certain situations arise. It is uncomfortable to play this match with such refereeing decisions. “When there are so many fouls that just cannot happen. We have to find ways to avoid that,” Pekerman added.advertisementWorld Cup 2018 Round of 16 Highlights: England beat Colombia on penaltiesThe biggest talking point of the match came in the 41st minute when Colombia’s Wilmar Barrios headbutted England midfielder Jordan Henderson.WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENEDEngland captain Harry Kane had won a free-kick at the edge of the Colombian box, just to the left of the D. As the Colombians made their wall, Henderson barged into Barrios, who responded by gently headbutting him in the chest.The Liverpool captain immediately dropped to the ground holding his face while writhing in pain. The referee failed to spot Barrios’ challenge so he consulted the VAR following which he showed a yellow card to the Colombian full-back.England fans and pundits fumed at the referee and VAR’s decision as they felt Barrios deserved a straight red-card for his offence.A red card could have been decisive at that stage as both teams were looking to break the deadlock and gain an advantage. With Colombia down to 10-men, the result of the match could have been completely different had VAR and Geiger penalised Barrios with a red card.Fans later took to social media to question the technology and the referee’s decision.headbutt pic.twitter.com/762ibwoMXOBernard Tetar (@bernardtetar) July 3, 2018What is the point in VAR, if it wont agree a headbutt is a red card #ENGCOLGuy Hunt (@GuyHunt) July 3, 2018Can someone explain to me why an obvious headbutt, irrespective of it being a yellow, or red card is not a penalty for the foul being committed inside the penalty area? #ENGCOLWayne Dews (@dewsy_21) July 3, 2018CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME WHY THIS IS OK?? I CANNOT HEADBUTT PEOPLE WHERE I WORK! #engcol #ENG #COL #ENGVSCOL pic.twitter.com/KXa7HHhHAeSue Meehan (@Suekidda) July 3, 2018Yellow card for a headbutt. You have to be kidding.Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 3, 2018Headbutt, but doesnt get sent off. That didnt last very long. England have been well and truly CONCACAFed. pic.twitter.com/6YDUImUQQjJake Cohen (@JakeFCohen) July 3, 2018Since when is a headbutt only a yellowLuke Ayling (@lukeayling_8) July 3, 2018This tweet sums up the delusions of a nation.1. 100% a penalty when you tackle someone to the ground2. When you headbutt a player and don’t get a red card you should be thanking the ref3. The goal was Columbia’s 2nd shot on target.4. You got 6 bookings for a reason5. Karma https://t.co/GaLDbtfqu4Oliver (@OGlazebrook) July 4, 2018If Colombia had played football, they would have won. But they decided to foul, headbutt, shove, harass the referee and scuff the penalty spot before Kane shot. Neymar biggest diver in HISTORY.William (@William90748296) July 4, 2018Apology of the year. pic.twitter.com/jVkDuBuaesPiers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 4, 2018last_img