29 Mar Referee apologises to Ronaldo, Portugal for disallowed objective in World Cup qualifier
Dutch referee Danny Makkelie has apologised after denying Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal the successful objective in Saturday’s 2-2 controversial draw towards Serbia in a World Cup qualifier.
Serbia defender Stefan Mitrovic tried to clear Ronaldo’s goal-bound strike in stoppage time, however regardless of his efforts, the ball had crossed the road.
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With no VAR or goal-line expertise in place to evaluate the incident, Makkelie waved play on a lot to the dismay of Ronaldo and his teammates.
“As per FIFA’s insurance policies, all I can say is that I apologised to the nationwide coach, Mr. Fernando Santos, and to the Portuguese team for what occurred,” Makkelie advised A Bola.
“As a referee team, we all the time work laborious to make good selections. Once we are within the information on this method, it would not make us completely happy in any respect.”
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Makkelie, 38, has been a world referee since 2008 and officiated the 2020 Europa League ultimate between Sevilla and Inter Milan.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos had revealed Makkelie instantly apologised to him after the sport and admitted that he “was ashamed” of the blunder.
After storming off the pitch and throwing his captain’s armband on the ground when being denied his first objective within the qualifying marketing campaign, Ronaldo expressed his frustration on Instagram.
“There are moments that are robust to digest particularly once we really feel the complete nation is being punished,” he wrote. “We are going to hold our heads up and transfer on to the subsequent problem.”
Ronaldo and Portugal are again in motion on Tuesday after they journey to Luxembourg for his or her Group A World Cup qualifier.