American referee Mark Geiger has been cited of prejudice and bias actions by Colombia striker Radamel Falcao on Tuesday’s World Cup round-of-16 loss.
Falcao told reporters after the match “he always made calls to favor England.” Colombia was whistled for 23 of the game’s 36 fouls and received six of the eight yellow cards in a contentious affair at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, as reported by ESPN.
Referee Geiger also called a penalty against Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez which led to England’s only goal during open play.
As a result, Falcao expressed his objection with what he perceived to be clear favoritism toward the Three Lions. “I found it peculiar that they put an American referee in this instance,” the Falcao stated.
Falcao added, “To tell you the truth, the process leaves a lot of doubts. He only spoke English, some bias was certain. Through small calls he was pushing us [toward] our goal, that was clear for me.”
Colombia nearly matched England in possession and total shots and managed to register two more shots on target before the match went ultimately to penalties, where they fell 4-3.
“The referee disturbed us a lot, in the 50-50 plays, he always made the calls in favor of England,” Falcao said. “When in doubt he always went to the England side. It’s shameful that this happens in the round of 16 of a World Cup.”
Tuesday’s match was not the first time Geiger has been accused of improper behavior at this summer’s World Cup.
FIFA and sources close to the referee last month denied accusations from Morocco’s Nordin Amrabat that Geiger asked for a Portugal player’s shirt during the North African country’s 1-0 loss to the Portuguese. Additionaly, Morocco has complained about the Geiger’s performance after the match, which was his first on-field assignment at the event.