He’s at it again.
The foul-ridden game inspired Maradona's rant on his TV show, “De Zurda." The Argentine legend linked referee Velasco Carballo, who called a very poor game, with an alleged plan from FIFA to help the host nation advance to the semifinals. According to this conspiracy theory, FIFA wants Brazil to win their sixth championship at all costs.
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”I think they made a great choice with the referee, especially in those crucial moments when Colombia had the better chance in winning the game,” the former World Cup champion said.
Continuing with this sentiment, the Argentine believed that Brazil did not deserve its semifinal berth and criticized FIFA exclusively and their “dictator,” Sepp Blatter for the supposed plan to “let pass” their “buddies” to the semis.
”The agreement is going to be done on the pitch … as long as everything goes to plan on the pitch, then everything becomes much clearer for ‘the dictator’ to say ‘see, we let Brazil move on,’” he declared.
Maradona admitted that he might be wrong but then said that FIFA’s admiration towards the referee was “bull” and the organization should have given respect to the Colombian players and their fans.
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”When I saw FIFA congratulating the referee because he had such a great game I asked myself, ‘What the f---? What game were they watching?’ They probably mistook this game for a baseball game or a bullfight because they didn’t watch this [Brazil-Colombia] game,” the Argentine said, trying hard to contain himself.
Discussing Rodriguez's yellow card, Maradona was surprised by the referee’s decision.
Clearly an admirer of the young Colombian playmaker, Maradona said that Rodriguez displayed “a great personality, showed he was strong and despite the fact that Brazil continuously fouled him without ramifications, he never backed down and kept working hard.”
In spite of everything, Maradona would like to see Brazil beat Germany, which punched its ticket with a 1-0 victory against France, next Tuesday. It might be a tall order. Brazil will meet the Germans without the services of suspended captain Thiago Silva and injured talisman Neymar.
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Maradona was not easy on his own nation’s team either (a reoccurring theme). Ahead of the Argentina and Belgium quarterfinal clash, Maradona called the match “make or break” for Argentina, which needs to improve technically if they want to advance to the next round.
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