The captaincy that Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo tossed to the ground in an expression of his anger at not counting a clear goal for his country against Serbia in stoppage time in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers has been put up at auction today in order to help a sick Serbian child. The match, which ended Saturday in a 2-2 draw, saw the end of controversy after a long ball reached Ronaldo behind the defenders of substitute Nuno Mendes in the area. The rule of the line is what led to him receiving a yellow card.
Ronaldo demanded that the goal be counted as it appeared that the ball had crossed the goal line, but the referee kept his decision knowing that the goal line technology and the video assistant referee “VR” were not approved in the qualifiers. Ronaldo followed the final whistle and threw the captaincy on the field on his way to the dressing room.
She was later picked up by a staff member at the stadium, and he immediately contacted a local sports channel and proposed to the curators the idea of placing it at auction for a humanitarian cause. The man, who asked not to be named, told (AFP) that he had proposed raising a sum of money to treat the six-month-old baby Gavrilo Djordjevic, who suffers from a rare disease.
“He (Ronaldo) threw the badge three meters away from me, and the idea that quickly crossed my mind was that this (the auction) might be a good proposition,” he said by phone. “I thought that all eyes were on us now and that we could do something good for Gavrilo,” he said. And after the sports channel “Sport Club” confirmed that the badge was indeed due to Ronaldo by verifying pictures and videos after the match, it cooperated with a charitable organization and published the badge on a special auction site “Limondo.com”.
“I hope we can reach Ronaldo himself … so that we can help Gavrilo as much as possible,” Branislav Jucic, the official in charge of social networking sites at the channel, told AFP. The infant suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, which affects one in about 10 thousand newborns, and leads to death or the permanent need for artificial respiration upon reaching the second year in 90 percent of cases.
He bases his hopes on the one-time “Zolgensma” gene therapy, also known as “the most expensive drug in the world”, which costs more than 2 million euros ($ 2.35 million). Fundraising campaigns to help children with spinal muscular atrophy have recently become very popular in Serbia, with funds raised for five children in the past year alone.
Hours after the auction started, 360,000 dinars (3 thousand euros) were collected, and donors can donate directly to the charity. On Monday, the Dutch referee, Dani Makele, apologized for not counting Ronaldo’s goal, saying in a statement to the Portuguese sports newspaper Apola, “All I can say is that I asked coach Fernando Santos and the Portuguese national team for permission for what happened.” “As a team of referees, we always work to make the best decisions, and when we grab the headlines in this way, it never satisfies us,” he added.
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