Portugal coach Fernando Santos insists Cristiano Ronaldo will ‘remain the captain and set an example’
Portugal coach Fernando Santos insists Cristiano Ronaldo will ‘remain the captain and set an example for all’ despite storming off the field after a referee error denied him a clear winner against Serbia.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has been defended by Portuguese coach Fernando Santos
- The attacker stormed off the field after being falsely denied the winner against Serbia
- The 36-year-old thought he had scored the late winner, but the referee ruled it didn’t cross the line
- Ronaldo could face action from FIFA after his furious outburst on the field
Portuguese coach Fernando Santos has jumped to Cristiano Ronaldo’s defense and insisted he remain the captain of the team despite storming off the field against Serbia.
The 36-year-old Juventus superstar remained furious after being denied the winner for his match in a 2-2 draw following an error of judgment by referee Danny Makkelie who ruled the ball was not over the line.
Ronaldo could be sanctioned by FIFA after throwing his captain’s armband on the ground and shouting in the face of the linesman, but Santos is behind the forward and insists he remain the team’s captain.
Fernando Santos insists Cristiano Ronaldo remains the captain of Portugal despite being off the field
Santos insists that Ronaldo remains the captain and is “an example to all of us” despite incidents
Portgual has another World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg on Tuesday, and Santos suggested it is likely that Ronaldo will play and keep the bracelet.
It was just a moment of frustration. Cristiano remains the captain. He is an example for everyone, ‘said Santos after the game.
If he had insulted the coach or his teammates, we would have thought about it, but none of it happened.
‘He always wants to win, and he was very frustrated. He gives everything to his national team.
“He posted on social media ten minutes after the game, but no one says it was nice of him.”
Ronaldo appeared to have scored the winner in injury time, but the referees thought it had been cleared
Ronaldo screamed in the face of a linesman after a late winning goal was not awarded
With the game at 2-2, it looked like Ronaldo had secured three crucial points when he scored goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic to score.
Defender Stefan Mitrovic ran to the goal line and chopped the ball away, causing the referees to declare that he had not crossed the line and play on.
Makkelie revealed that after the game, he apologized to Santos for the error of judgment that denied his side a major win.
Despite this later revelation, Makkeile didn’t change his mind at the time after being chased by Portgual’s players and staff.
Referee Danny Makkelie (right) has since come out and revealed that he has apologized to the players
It has yet to be confirmed whether Ronaldo will be sanctioned for his outburst, with his actions seemingly in violation of Article 11 of FIFA’s Disciplinary Code entitled: ‘Offensive Conduct or Violation of the Principles of Fair Play’.
The article says, “Associations and clubs, as well as their players, officials or any other member or person who performs duties on their behalf, must comply with the Laws of the Game, FIFA Statutes, and regulations, guidelines, guidelines, circulars. and FIFA decisions; Likewise, they must adhere to the principles of fair play, loyalty and integrity. ‘