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We are being targeted by referees at Qatar World Cup, England tell Fifa

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England claim they are being targeted by referees at the World Cup and will seek “clarity” from Fifa over what they believe are inconsistencies in the new application of rules over grappling at set pieces.

John Stones was penalised for a shirt-pull on Morteza Pouraliganji when a penalty was given after a VAR check at the Khalifa International Stadium during their 6-2 victory against Iran on Monday.

Yet when Rouzbeh Cheshmi had wrestled Harry Maguire to the ground at an earlier England corner, the referee, Raphael Claus, waved away appeals. “What worries me is we were used in an example in the referees’ video,” Gareth Southgate, the England manager, said.

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