England ‘robbed’ Colombia of the victory in the last 16 at the World Cup, according to Argentina legend Diego Maradona.

Maradona felt referee Mark Geiger was bias towards England in a World cup match against Colombia  in Moscow,  that saw the three lions win the last-16 encounter on penalties.

Maradona accused the American of not penalizing Harry Kane for a foul on Colombia's Carlos Sanchez, instead of awarding the penalty that allowed the England captain to open the scoring just before the hour mark in Moscow.

"Here's a gentleman who decides, a referee who, if you Google him, shouldn't be given a match of this magnitude... Geiger, an American, what a coincidence," Maradona said.

Maradona was pictured wearing a Colombia shirt prior to the game, and TV images showed him celebrating Yerry Mina's late equalizer.

FIFA responded to Maradona’s comments by saying that they were "entirely inappropriate" and that insinuations about the referee were "completely unfounded".

"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," it said.