Diego Maradona has apologize for his outburst after Colombia lost to England in a round of 16 game at the Russia 2018 world cup.
Maradona was infuriated particularly at the performance of match official Mark Geiger. The 1986 World Cup winner also criticized FIFA president Gianni Infantino, and the organization’s head of refereeing, Pierluigi Collina.
However, the Argentine has taken back some of his words as he apologized via an Instagram post.
“Taken by the excitement…the other day, I said a couple of things and, I admit, some of them are unacceptable,” he said as he shareda picture of himself and FIFA chief Infantino.
“My apologies to FIFA and its president: as much as I may sometimes have opinions contrary to some arbitration decisions, I have absolute respect for the work – not easy – that the institution and the referees do,” he concluded.
Responding to the football legends actions, FIFA issued a strong statement rebuking him.
“Following comments made by Diego Armando Maradona in relation to yesterday’s round of 16 game, Colombia vs England, FIFA strongly rebukes the criticism of the performance of the match officials which it considers to have been positive in a tough and highly emotional match,” world football’s governing body said.
“Furthermore, it also considers the additional comments and insinuations made as being entirely inappropriate and completely unfounded… FIFA is extremely sorry to read such declarations from a player who has written the history of our game.”