The two reasons why 280,000 football fans want Colombia vs England to be replayed


England managed to secure their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup after overcoming Colombia in a penalty shootout.

But there are many that feel like England were fortuitous, with multiple refereeing decisions going their way.

That was a view adopted by Diego Maradona, who argued that the result was a incredibly unfair on Colombia.

"I saw a monumental theft," he said. "I apologise to all the Colombian people, but they must know the players are not to blame.

"It is the man who decides who the referee is who is to blame. A man like that (Geiger) should not be put in charge of a game of that magnitude."

While England fans won't care about the manner of their victory, Colombian fans, and some neutrals, feel as if Los Cafeteros were hard done by.

And hundreds of thousands of fans have gone to extraordinary lengths to express their dismay.

A petition has been created in the aftermath of the game in a desperate attempt to try and get the game replayed.

It has currently received 280,000 signatures, with fans complaining about two refereeing decisions in particular.

The first incident they want reviewed was the foul on Harry Kane which saw a penalty awarded for the Three Lions.

Kane was hauled down by Carlos Sanchez, but those that have signed the petition believe it was 'a non-existent foul'.

Kane would duly dispatch the penalty, putting the Colombians 1-0 down.

Watch the incident below:

The other decision that has caused outrage refers to Carlos Bacca's disallowed goal in extra-time.

England seemed to have messed up a throw-in in their own half, with Bacca profiting as a result.

However, the goal was pulled back due to confusion about two balls being on the pitch prior to the throw-in.

The fans that signed the petition think that the goal should have stood as there was clearly only one ball on the pitch when the throw-in was taken.

Watch that incident here:

Some may feel sympathy for Colombia, but England will not care one bit.

They held their nerve in the shootout, and will now play Sweden in Samara on Saturday afternoon.

The winner will be rewarded with a place in the semi-finals against either Croatia or Russia.

Colombian fans, meanwhile, will have to watch the rest of the tournament from home.

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