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The referee apologized to Portugal for the goal not conceded to Cristiano Ronaldo


The Dutch Danny Makkelie did not give a goal in a shot of CR7 in the discount that crossed the line in the duel against Serbia

Cristiano Ronaldo complains about the goal not conceded.MIGUEL A. LOPESEFE
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The subject of a great controversy after not having conceded a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday in the World Cup qualification match Serbia-Portugal (2-2), the Dutch referee Danny Makkelie confirmed that he apologized for his mistake, according to statements to the sports newspaper The ball this Monday. “All I can say is that I apologize to the coach, Mr. Fernando Santos, and the Portuguese team for what happened, “declared the 38-year-old referee.

“As a refereeing team, we always work hard to make good decisions and when we appear on the covers in this way, we are not satisfied at all,” he added, referring to the criticism received especially in the Portuguese press.

Last Saturday, in the last minute of added time, with a two-goal tie on the scoreboard, the referee did not concede a goal in a shot by Cristiano Ronaldo that clearly crossed the line before the ball was cleared by a defender. Annoyed with the referee’s decision, Ronaldo angrily protested, which earned him a yellow card, and when he retired from the field he threw the captain’s armband of the Portuguese team to the ground.

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“The referee has now made public what he told me after the match, that he was embarrassed by a terrible mistake,” declared Fernando Santos on the eve of the match against Luxembourg on the third day of the European qualification for Qatar 2022.

After their initial victory against Azerbaijan (1-0) and their draw in Serbia, the current European champions are second in group A, although tied on points (4) with the Serbs, who lead the key.

The pandemic delayed the VAR

Unlike in other competitions, in this phase of the World Cup qualification the referees do not have the VAR (video refereeing) or the goal technology to confirm or not the ‘phantom goals’.

“In 2019, UEFA proposed to FIFA to implement VAR in the qualifying phases for the World Cup, but the impact of the pandemic and logistical reasons led to postpone the implementation of VAR in the European group phase. League and to withdraw the proposal for implementation in the classification “for the World Cup, explained the highest level of European football in a statement this Monday. “VAR was also not used in the Nations League in the fall of 2020 and it has never been used yet for a qualifying phase for a European Championship,” added UEFA.

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