Portugal drew 2-2 to Serbia in a FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match and Cristiano Ronaldo was denied a clear goal in the dying minutes. Thereafter he stormed off the pitch fuming with the referee’s decision.
There was a lot of backlash regarding the faulty refereeing and Fernando Santos, the coach for Portugal said that Ronaldo’s anger was understable. Moreover Cristiano Ronaldo took off his captain’s arm band and threw it on the floor before hurrying into the dressing room.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s former teammate is dissatisfied with his behaviour
From the perspective of a neutral fan, Cristiano Ronaldo’s anger was completely understandable. In a crunch match for the nation when the ball had clearly crossed the line you would expect it to be given.
Furthermore with the level of technology and facilities available for the referees a proper check should’ve been conducted on a vital decision. The ball was clearly over the line and should’ve been given.
Meira, Ronaldo’s former Portugal teammate thinks his old team-mate was right to question the incorrect decision, but felt he went too far with his protests. He believes the captain of the national team should have more responsibility.
“Cristiano’s reaction is natural, but it is not acceptable for a national team captain,” the former Portugal international said.
“He cannot throw the armband on the ground and go to the locker room while the game continues. it is not acceptable for a player of his importance.
“I understand his frustration and I agree with him because his goal was valid, but the referees have to make decisions, without VAR, and he has to set an example. “