Football Icon Diego Maradona has apologized to FIFA after an outspoken attack on the referee for Colombia’s defeat to England at the World Cup.
Argentina’s 1986 World Cup-winning captain claimed Colombia suffered a “monumental robbery” in the last-16 tie on Tuesday after England were awarded a penalty for a foul on Harry Kane.
Maradona said American referee Mark Geiger “knows a lot about baseball but has no idea about football” and also criticised FIFA for appointing the official to the match.
His remarks earned him a rebuke from tournament organizers FIFA, whom it is understood pay Maradona around $10,000 a game as part of its ‘Legends’ ambassador programme.
Maradona, 57, has now has now expressed regret for his comments in a post on Instagram.
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