Ghana coach on Ronaldo penalty: A specific gift from the referee

DOHA, Qatar—Ghana mentor Otto Addo criticized the American referee who awarded the penalty that resulted in Cristiano Ronaldo’s document intention at the World Cup on Thursday, contacting it “a special present.”

Ronaldo received and transformed the second-half penalty, making him the initially male player to score in 5 Globe Cups. Portugal went on to beat Ghana, 3-2.

“If anyone scores a goal, congratulations. But this was genuinely a present. Truly a gift,” Addo stated. “What far more can I say? (It was) a exclusive gift from the referee.”

Addo’s criticism of American referee Ismail Elfath was so direct that it could put him into problems with FIFA.

When questioned what he thought was the cause for Ghana’s slim defeat, Addo responded: “The referee.”

Addo felt Ghana defender Mohammed Salisu did not foul Ronaldo for the penalty, and he complained that the officers did not use VAR to make positive. Salisu’s thigh appeared to make slight call with Ronaldo’s leg right before the Portugal captain went sprawling to the floor.

The 37-calendar year-old Ronaldo, who was starting what is predicted to be his very last Earth Cup, transformed the penalty for his piece of historical past.

“I think it was truly the wrong decision,” Addo explained. “I really don’t know why VAR did not appear up. There’s no rationalization for me. And then it is tricky towards a world-course team when they are major.”

Addo is a 47-12 months-previous former Ghana participant who is in his to start with worldwide coaching task and at his 1st Entire world Cup. He explained he even experimented with to fulfill with Elfath soon after the video game to check with him about the incident. Addo also complained that Elfath had missed numerous fouls on his players.

“I attempted,” Addo reported. “I asked some people outdoors with FIFA if I can speak with the referee in a tranquil and a tranquil way but they claimed he’s in a conference and it’s not possible.”

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