Gary Neville and Harry Maguire took aim at the Brazilian referee. Wilton Sampaio, a Brazilian referee, reacts after England’s 2-1 World Cup defeat to France.
Several decisions made by Sampaio throughout the game irritated England, including a key incident in the build-up to France’s first goal, in which Bukayo Saka appeared to be fouled before Aurelien Tchouameni’s brilliant long-range strike.
Sampaio then failed to award England a clear penalty for Theo Hernandez’s barge on Mason Mount, necessitating the use of VAR.
After England’s World Cup exit, Maguire claimed that no major decisions favored his team and that the Brazilian officials’ decision-making was’really poor.’
‘We’re hurt and disappointed in there. ‘Listen, we were unquestionably the better team in the game,’ Maguire told beIN Sports.
‘I think anyone watching who is neutral will agree that we dominated the game for long stretches.’
‘Big decisions went against us, or should I say a lot of decisions went against us.’
‘We fought, we kept going, we kept pushing, we created chance after chance, and they’ve been clinical in two moments, and that’s why they’re world champions, and I’d say that’s why they’re tournament favorites.’
‘I believe the referee’s decision-making was extremely poor throughout the game.’
‘We always stand here, and as players, we get criticized, so it’ll be interesting to see if he comes out and says whether or not he had a good game.’
‘Because they made five or six early fouls in that first half.’
‘I think H [Harry Kane] was outside the box, but it was a clear foul, he didn’t in the second half, Bukayo’s is a clear foul leading up to their first goal,’ says the referee.
‘Big moments, big decisions, you expect to get some right, but tonight we didn’t,’ she says.
During his post-match analysis on ITV, Neville referred to Sampaio as a “joke.”
‘Throughout the evening, the French defenders’ lack of composure was startling,’ Neville said.
‘We knew that was the team’s weak point, but we had no idea how many bad decisions they would make in those areas.’
Tottenham striker Harry Kane leveled the score in the 54th minute after converting a penalty awarded for a foul on Arsenal star Bukayo Saka.
After connecting with Antoine Griezmann’s cross, AC Milan forward Olivier Giroud, who had overtaken Thierry Henry as France’s all-time top goalscorer after facing Poland, put Les Bleus back in front.
During the game, England players were dissatisfied with some of the decisions made by Brazilian referee Wilton Sampaio.
With less than 10 minutes remaining, England’s captain was given the chance to draw the Three Lions level for the second time after French fullback Theo Hernandez collided with Chelsea’s Mason Mount.
The 29-year-old blazed the ball over the crossbar, much to the chagrin of Three Lions fans in Qatar and England.