The referee at the center of the Portugal 2022 World Cup qualifying series has announced that he has apologized for a mistake in judgment in refusing to award Cristiano Ronaldo’s late goals against Serbia.
After the 2-2 draw, Ronaldo seemed to have secured three key points as he rounded goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic to the goal.
Defender Stefan Mitrovic raced to clear the goal line, chopping the ball away and getting the officials to declare it hadn’t crossed the line and continue playing.
The decision caused Ronaldo to storm the office angrily, and he may face retroactive sanctions from FIFA.
Cristiano Ronaldo could face FIFA sanctions after storming off the field against Serbia
Ronaldo yelled in the face of a linesman after a late winning goal was not awarded
Ronaldo appeared to have scored the winner in added time but officials thought it was clear
Article 11 of the FIFA Disciplinary Act is entitled: “Offensive behavior or violation of the principles of fair play”.
The article states: “Associations and clubs and their players, officials or other members or persons who exercise a function on their behalf must comply with the Laws of the Game, the FIFA Statutes and the regulations, guidelines, guidelines and circulars and the decisions the FIFA; They must also uphold the principles of fair play, loyalty and integrity. “
It remains to be confirmed whether Ronaldo, who threw his captain’s armband on the ground before the final whistle, violated Article 11.
Referee Danny Makkelie was followed by Portugal’s players and executives, but he didn’t change his view that the ball had indeed not crossed the line.
Referee Danny Makkelie (right) has since come out and announced that he has apologized to the players
Portugal boss Fernando Santos (center) claimed Makkelie was “embarrassed” by the mistake
The Portuguese press was furious with the office and spoke of a theft in Belgrade
“All I can say is that I apologized to Fernando Santos and the Portuguese team for what happened,” Makkelie told Portuguese newspaper A Bola.
‘As a referee team, we always work hard to make good decisions. When we’re on the news this way, it doesn’t make us happy at all. ‘
Portugal boss Fernando Santos claimed Makkelie told him he was “embarrassed” at the final whistle.
“The referee apologized to me in the dressing room and told me he was embarrassed,” Santos said. “I was in the locker room with him and apologized to myself.”
Makkelie and his colleagues were slandered by the Portuguese press over the weekend. The front pages spoke of a “theft” and also praised “VAR, sweet VAR”.
In the eyes of Ronaldo, the decision not to award the goal caused “damage to an entire nation”.
“To be the captain of the Portuguese team is one of the greatest prides and privileges of my life,” said Ronaldo on Instagram.
“I always give and will give everything for my country, that will never change.
Ronaldo defeated Serbian goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic to a long ball and kicked him with his side foot towards the goal
“But there are difficult times, especially when we feel like an entire nation is being hurt. Raise your head and face the next challenge now! Come on Portugal! ‘
While many could understand Ronaldo’s grievances, former Portugal international Fernando Meira threw the talisman a blow for setting a “bad example” to others.
Ronaldo’s decision to rip off his captain’s armband before being knocked down was very important. Opinions were divided as to whether she was disrespectful in the circumstances.
Meira told Record: ‘It’s clearly a target, but Ronaldo can’t throw the armband on the ground like that.
‘Cristiano’s reaction is natural, but not acceptable from the captain of the national team. You cannot toss the armband on the floor and go to the locker room while the game is still on.
‘It’s not acceptable behavior for a player of his stature. The example he set last night wasn’t good enough. ‘
Ronaldo was so angry at the decision that he took off his captain’s armband and threw it
It was an explosive end to an exciting World Cup qualifier when Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic became his country’s top scorer with 39 goals from 63 international matches.
The Fulham forward scored his side’s first goal in the 2-2 draw as the Serbs hit back down from two goals to secure a share of the booty.
Mitrovic pulled one back in the 46th minute and Filip Kostic leveled after Liverpool striker Diogo Jota gave Portugal a 2-0 lead in the first half.
Liverpool striker Jota headed the European champions into the lead in the 11th minute from a brilliant assistant to Bernardo Silva and added another in the 36th minute when he saw a cross from Cedric Soares from the right.