FA submits report seeking Fifa clarity over penalty decisions


The Football Association has submitted a report to Fifa seeking clarity over perceived penalty inconsistencies at the World Cup.

After beating Iran 6-2, manager Gareth Southgate said he was “worried” about the impact of England appearing in a pre-tournament referee briefing.

Harry Maguire was denied an early penalty on Monday but Iran were awarded one from a similar incident.

“We put a report in. We haven’t heard anything back as yet,” said Southgate.

Fifa referees’ committee chairman Pierluigi Collina spoke during the briefing, which was also open to the media.

The Italian used a clip of midfielder Kalvin Phillips blocking to create space for Maguire to score from a corner and said such a goal would be disallowed at the World Cup.

Maguire appeared to be pulled back from a corner against Iran, who were later given a spot-kick themselves following a shirt-pull by England defender John Stones. Argentina were also awarded a similar penalty against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

“There was obviously a penalty given the next afternoon, so whether that was a consequence of our game being reviewed by the referees or not, it’s hard to say,” Southgate added.

“The concern is the consistency. We know what we’ve got to do right and we know we risk being punished for certain things.

“I think for all the teams in the tournament, there is a worry when you’re not quite sure what’s going to be given and also that uncertainty on the field and from the VAR as well.”