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England-France referee Wilton Sampaio accused of ‘awful, awful play’ as Stuart Pearce says ‘there’s something wrong with the World Cup’ as many decisions are questioned on exit of the Three Lions


Brazil referee Wilton Sampaio has been accused of having an ‘awful, awful game’ as he failed to spot a penalty kick on Mason Mount and numerous other mishaps in England’s 2-1 loss to France.

The official waved play after Theo Hernandez burst into Mount’s back into his own box, not even looking at a long ball into the area.

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Sampaio somehow missed an obvious push on the mount the first time he asked

England players were livid

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England players were livid

After viewing his VAR screen, the decision was quickly overturned before Harry Kane walked away.

However, no card was received for Hernandez despite being the last man – and the England players had to remind the official to show a caution.

talkSPORT co-commentator and England legend Stuart Pearce was in shock.

“This referee is having a horrible game, a really really horrible game,” he said. “It’s a blatant penalty.

“If you can’t see that first round, there’s something wrong with the World Cup at the highest level.”

talkSPORT commentator Jim Proudfoot added: “What is blindingly obvious is that the referee has lost the trust of every player on the pitch. It looks like he’s not sure what’s going on. »

The Saka incident was one of many that raised eyebrows in the English camp

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The Saka incident was one of many that raised eyebrows in the English camp

Both teams were furious with Sampaio

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Both teams were furious with Sampaio

And talkSPORT host Adrian Durham added: “I can’t put my hand on my chest and the referee is the reason England are out.

“But he was in absolute shock and I hope he goes home after that too.”

Mount’s penalty was one of many controversial decisions, with Aurelien Tchouameni’s first France goal coming after what looked like a foul on Bukayo Saka in the build-up.

Later, Kane was tripped by Dayot Upamecano on the edge of the box, but neither a free kick nor a penalty were announced.

England players were also outraged as Antoine Grizemann, who assisted Olivier Giroud’s 2-1 goal, avoided a second yellow card despite several challenges.

And the Three Lions were denied a number of clear free-kicks as they were sent packing.

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