England fans are furious after the Three Lions were denied a "blatant" penalty in the opening minutes against Iran.
Gareth Southgate's side started on the front foot in their World Cup opener against Iran, earning a corner less than three minutes in. The Three Lions have shown plenty of prowess from set-pieces in the past and would have fancied their chances as Kieran Trippier swung the ball into the box.
Although the delivery was overhit, both Harry Maguire and John Stones appeared to have their runs checked by separate Iran markers.
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Stones was pulled to the ground by Morteza Pouraliganji, while Maguire received similar treatment from Rouzbeh Cheshmi. The 29-year-old wrapped his arms around the Manchester United defender, hauling him to the ground.
Both England stars were sent tumbling but referee Raphael Claus saw nothing wrong with either challenge and duly waved play on.
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Maguire protested against the decision but was met by deaf ears. And he wasn't the only one furious as thousands of England fans moaned about the incident on social media.
One person wrote: "Probably the most blatant penalty ever." Someone else said: "That's a double penalty." A third user commented: "How is that not a penalty!!! Two incidents there! Absolute joke."
Another user chimed in with: "STONEWALL PENALTY. FIFA World Cup is already a joke this year. Officiating is the worst we’ve ever seen over the first two matches."
Others added: "How's that not a penalty? Absolute fix." And: "VAR have reviewed that and nothing given… it’s a fucking disgrace!!"
Before the game, England, Wales and other nations opted against wearing the OneLove armband because of the threat of players being booked.
The captains, including Harry Kane, had planned to wear the armband to promote diversity and inclusion. A joint-statement from the seven football associations involved said could not put their players "in a position where they could face sporting sanctions".
"We are very frustrated by the Fifa decision, which we believe is unprecedented," it added.
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