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England Players, Fans And Media Rage As Colombia Escape Red For Headbutt

England Players, Fans And Media Rage As Colombia Escape Red For Headbutt
By Maurice Brosnan Updated

England and Colombia played out an eventful first half in their last 16 World Cup tie, but it was an incident off the ball at the end of the half that enraged the English fans and players.

Having enjoyed the bulk of possession, England looked to make it pay from a free-kick on the edge of the box. However, as Columbia were preparing their wall Wílmar Barrios trust his head towards Jordan Henderson and was subsequently shown a yellow card. Contact was minimal but Henderson did go down.

 

The England players were enraged and immediately appealed for VAR, with Harry Maguire repeatedly gesturing for VAR.

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The incident generated a huge amount of debate online.

On RTE, Liam Brady said Barrios 'could easily have been sent off' while ITV were significantly more damning. Gary Neville called it a 'stonewall red card' while Mark Clattenburg claimed it was 'clearly violent conduct and a clearly mediated act.' He did stress it was not a penalty kick as the ball was not in play.

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