England fans slate referee Cuneyt Cakir for his display in agonising World Cup semi-final defeat against Croatia

ENGLAND fans slammed referee Cuneyt Cakir for his “embarrassing” performance in tonight’s agonising World Cup semi-final defeat.

The Turk was accused of giving free-kicks “every time a Croatia player goes down” – but not punishing enough fouls from the East Europeans.

 Cuneyt Cakir angered many fans with his performance in the World Cup semi-final

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Cuneyt Cakir angered many fans with his performance in the World Cup semi-final

One supporter tweeted: “Can we sub the ref? I mean honestly he’s an embarrassment for a World Cup semi-final. Hopeless.”

Cakir also allowed Ivan Perisic a contentious equaliser, with some pundits claiming his foot was high as he stabbed the ball high.

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic went onto poach Croatia’s extra-time winner as the Three Lions failed to reach what would have been only their second ever World Cup final.

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