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‘He single-handedly ruined the entire tournament’: England fans lash out at ‘biased’ Turkish referee and claim he cost the Three Lions a place in the World Cup final

  • England fans have lashed out at Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir after semi final defeat in Moscow last night
  • Croatia beat Three Lions 2-1 in extra time after series of controversial decisions throughout the match
  • Some argued the equalising goal should not have been allowed due to high boot by Ivan Perisic
  • Many accused the referee of 'bias' and said he was the 'worst in the tournament' and 'ruined' World Cup

By Joseph Curtis For Mailonline

Published: 17:34 EDT, 11 July 2018 | Updated: 23:55 EDT, 11 July 2018

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England fans have slammed World Cup semi final referee Cuneyt Cakir after the defeat to Croatia tonight and accused him of showing 'bias' towards the winners.

Some on social media called the Turkish national's performance 'embarrassing' and called for an investigation by Fifa.

Others said he should 'retire' after an 'incompetent' performance while some on social media targeted the Croatia players and accused them of underhand tactics and wasting time. 

His decision to allow the Croatia equaliser was also criticised with fans claiming it should have been given as a foul against England for a high foot. 

One Twitter user wrote: 'The referee was a shambles though. Most disgusting performance from a ref that I have seen at this world cup.'

England fans have hit out at referee Cuneyt Cakir, pictured, and accused him of 'bias' during the Three Lions' match with Croatia

The official, pictured with Croatian players, was also accused of allowing them to time waste and giving them controversial decisions, including the equalising goal, which some claimed should have been ruled out for a free kick for a high tackle
The official, pictured with Croatian players, was also accused of allowing them to time waste and giving them controversial decisions, including the equalising goal, which some claimed should have been ruled out for a free kick for a high tackle

The official, pictured with Croatian players, was also accused of allowing them to time waste and giving them controversial decisions, including the equalising goal, which some claimed should have been ruled out for a free kick for a high tackle

Fans on Twitter said the referee was 'a shambles' and called his performance 'disgusting'
Fans on Twitter said the referee was 'a shambles' and called his performance 'disgusting'
Another Twitter user said Cuneyt 'single handedly ruined the World Cup' for England
Another Twitter user said Cuneyt 'single handedly ruined the World Cup' for England

Fans on Twitter said the referee was 'a shambles' and called his performance 'disgusting'

One user said it was the 'most questionable' refereeing he had ever seen in a match
One user said it was the 'most questionable' refereeing he had ever seen in a match
One Twitter user said England was 'fuming' over the standard of officiating
One Twitter user said England was 'fuming' over the standard of officiating

One user said it was the 'most questionable' refereeing he had ever seen in a match while another said England 'was fuming' because of the poor standard of officiating 

Another said: 'That must be the most questionable refereeing I have ever seen. He gave England nothing, the ball was going out of play and we got nothing fouls that weren't even fouls. The referee beat us not Croatia.'

The anger against the official was clear across Twitter, with another user calling his performance the 'worst of the tournament'. 

The user wrote: 'Cakir Cuneyt has just single handily (sic) ruined the World Cup. Worst performance of the whole competition. 

'Well done FIFA you got what you wanted. A referee who hates England and was totally biased.'

Another wrote: 'It's quite clear that #FIFA #WorldCup referees are not interested in fair play #eng best players were nobbled at every opportunity. 

'We need to employ some cynical foul and cheating coaches to achieve anything at these tournaments. Well done lads you did your country proud!' 

Cuneyt has previously refereed England five times and this was the first time the Three Lions had lost under his officiating.

Tensions ran high in the latter stages of the game and the referee was also criticised for not keeping control of the players and 'allowing fouls by Croatia'
Tensions ran high in the latter stages of the game and the referee was also criticised for not keeping control of the players and 'allowing fouls by Croatia'

Tensions ran high in the latter stages of the game and the referee was also criticised for not keeping control of the players and 'allowing fouls by Croatia'

Fans did not hold back in their anger at the referee and blamed him for the defeat
Fans did not hold back in their anger at the referee and blamed him for the defeat
One said Fifa should do something about the standard of officiating 
One said Fifa should do something about the standard of officiating 

Fans did not hold back in their anger at the referee and blamed him for the defeat

He is no stranger to controversy and previously angered Nigerian fans in their 2-1 group stage defeat to Argentina due to a controversial decision not to award a penalty. 

Cakir, who has been refereeing for 17 years, officiated at the same stage in the 2014 competition when Holland faced Argentina.

Cakir also refereed Sir Alex Ferguson's last match in the Champions League in 2013, provoking the Scot's anger after sending off Nani for a high tackle in the last-16 defeat by Real Madrid.

Ferguson, who opted not to attend his mandatory post-match press conference, said it was 'hard to keep faith' after the decision.

Prior to the match he had told his backroom staff he was concerned Cakir had a tendency to send off players of English-based teams having dismissed seven but never any from teams playing against them.

Those players Cakir red-carded included Chelsea's John Terry, Gary Cahill and Steven Gerrard.

Cakir refereed Barcelona's 2015 Champions League final win over Juventus and took charge of the Champions League semi-final second leg between Madrid and Bayern Munich this year.

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