Portuguese coach Fernando Santos smokes ‘it is NOT POSSIBLE’ that referee Cristiano Ronaldo did not give a goal
Portuguese boss Fernando Santos reveals the ’embarrassed’ Dutch referee who APOLOGIZED to him after an incredible blunder denied Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal – as the boss assumes the decision ‘is not possible at this level’
Portuguese boss Fernando Santos insisted that ‘it is not possible’ that the referees clearly missed Cristiano Ronaldo’s late goal as the reigning European champion was denied a late winner against Serbia.
The Portuguese captain thought he had won the World Cup qualifier, which was 2-2, when he hit for goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic and hit at home, while defender Stefan Mitrovic reached out to get off the line.
However, despite replays showing the ball seemed to come clearly across the line, with VAR not in play, the referees failed to award the goal, leaving Ronaldo and his manager absolutely furious after the full-time whistle. .
Portuguese boss Fernando Santos was left full-time furious after his side was denied a winner
Cristiano Ronaldo was left furious after being denied what appeared to be a clear goal in Serbia
Ronaldo defeated Serbia goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic to a long ball and set him aside towards goal
Ronaldo made an attempt towards goal and it looked in, but the referees said it was not over
“We scored a goal that was not given when the ball went in,” Santos told the Portuguese broadcaster RTP
“That is not possible in a match of this level.”
The coach added afterwards that the referee, Dutchman Danny Makelie, admitted that he was ashamed of the decision.
The referee apologized in the booth and told me he was ashamed. I was in the locker room with him and apologized, ”Santos said.
Ronaldo was so furious about the decision that he took off his captain’s armband and threw it away
He had told me on the field that he would see the footage and that if he did, he would call me to apologize – and it was.
‘It is the second time in a qualifying phase that they apologize to me after the game. I told him on the field that there was no VAR or goal line – one of the things he told me was that the goal line was important – but I told him the ball was two feet inside the goal.
‘There was no obstacle between the goalkeeper and the goal line. [it is a] problem because we pulled up. We have to rethink. The referees are human and make mistakes, but that’s why there is the VAR and the goal-line technology to prevent this. ‘
Without VAR, Ronaldo was furious at the full-time whistle because Portugal had to settle for a point
Afterwards, Ronaldo wrote on Instagram: “Being the captain of the Portuguese national team is one of the greatest accolades and privileges of my life.
‘I always give and will give everything for my country, that will never change.
But there are tough times to face, especially when we feel like an entire nation is being harmed. Go upstairs and take on the next challenge! Come on Portugal! ‘