28 Mar Ronaldo behaviour ‘unacceptable’ after controversial Portugal draw
Former Portugal worldwide Fernando Meira has criticised Cristiano Ronaldo’s determination to stroll off the pitch and throw away his captain’s armband, saying it was “unacceptable” behaviour.
Ronaldo stormed off the pitch earlier than the ultimate whistle was blown after he was denied a transparent winner in a controversial finish to Portugal’s 2-2 draw with Serbia of their World Cup Group A qualifier.
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Serbia defender Stefan Mitrovic had chased down Ronaldo’s shot and tried to clear it off the road, however regardless of his efforts, it crossed into the purpose. Nevertheless, referee Danny Makkelie waved on play, and there was no VAR or goal-line know-how to test the decision.
“It is a clear purpose, however Ronaldo can’t throw Portugal’s captain’s armband on the ground,” mentioned Meira, who has 54 Portugal caps.
“Cristiano’s response is pure however unacceptable for the captain of the nationwide team. You can not throw the captain’s armband on the ground and go in the direction of the altering room whereas the sport continues to be going on.
“It is not acceptable for a participant of his significance. I perceive his frustration and I agree with him as a result of the purpose was legitimate, however the referees are those that should make choices, with out VAR, and he has to set an instance. And yesterday’s was not one to comply with.”
Portugal coach Fernando Santos was much less involved about his captain’s response and mentioned it confirmed “regular frustration” for the state of affairs.
“I do not know what occurred, I used to be advised he reacted badly. It is the conventional frustration of somebody who scores the successful purpose for Portugal and it would not rely. I cannot go into it any additional,” Santos mentioned.
“The referee apologised and advised me that he was ashamed. I used to be within the altering room with him and he apologised. He advised me on the pitch that he was going to have a look at the pictures and if it was the case, he would name me to apologise … and that is what he did.”
Ronaldo’s sisters additionally posted messages of assist for his or her brother on Instagram.
“That is what known as love on your nation, love on your jersey,” Katia Aveiro mentioned on Instagram.