Gary Neville insisted Colombia’s Wilmar Barrios should have received a “stonewall” red card during the first-half of Tuesday’s last-16 World Cup clash.
Jordan Henderson went down as England prepared to take a free-kick in the 40th minute and replays showed midfielder Barrios put his head into the chest of the Liverpool player before lifting it and making impact on his chin.
The referee did not see the incident, but showed a yellow card after receiving advice from the Video Assistant Referee – however former England captain Neville insists he got it wrong.
“I’ve accused England many times of being naive. Jordan Henderson goes down and probably doesn’t need to,” he told ITV.
“It’s a red card. Stonewall.
“You can tell what type of game Colombia want. They want it to be stop-start. They want it to have no flow, it suits them.”
Watching the incident on Sky Sports News, England Women’s international Sue Smith was equally surprised by the decision.
She said: “We’ve got to say Colombia should be down to 10 men. Barrios headbutts Henderson in the area and he goes down. It was right on his chin.
“He got a yellow card, but surely it’s a red or nothing? Clearly someone was saying something in his ear.”
Former England midfielder Dennis Wise agreed, saying: “Henderson invited him to do it, but Barrios stuck his head into his chest and lifted it up. He headbutted him and he needs to go off.
“The referee didn’t really get VAR, he got a message in his ear and decided to give him a yellow card. He has to be sent off.”