ENGLAND had one closing trick up their sleeve as they tried to salvage an equaliser in opposition to Croatia.
With the Three Lions getting ready to a World Cup exit, determined occasions led to determined measures when Mario Mandzukic put the Croatians 2-1 up in extra-time.
While your complete Croatia facet celebrated their objective, England tried to go up the opposite finish of the pitch and rating straight from kick-off.
The motion was missed by TV cameras on the time however one supporter within the crowd filmed the assault.
One England participant trudging again to the centre circle seems to spot that every one the Croatia gamers bar the keeper are off the sphere of play, and thinks they will kick off and assault Croatia’s objective.
Three of them then kick off and cost at keeper Danijel Subasic with no defence in sight.
But the referee was having none of it and shortly ended England’s hopes of a swift equaliser.
The cheeky transfer got here after the difficulty was debated earlier within the match when a Portugal participant was informed to stay on the pitch throughout their celebrations in opposition to Spain.
It was prompt that, underneath FIFA legal guidelines, play may resume after a objective if celebrating outfield gamers had been off the sphere of play, that’s, none of them had been nonetheless within the opposition half.
After Cristiano Ronaldo’s dramatic equaliser of their opening World Cup recreation, one Portugal participant made the acutely aware effort to stay on the sphere.
And the identical occurred with Kieran Trippier following England’s winner in opposition to Tunisia.
The situation just isn’t explicitly addressed by the legal guidelines of the sport.
However, the International Football Association Board guidelines say that every one gamers, besides the one taking the kick-off, “must be in their own half of the field of play” — which implies England’s cheeky trick was by no means seemingly to be allowed.
This story initially appeared in The Sun and has been reproduced with permission.