One of the most striking and controversial images that the weekend left was in the 2-2 draw between Serbia and Portugal for the European Qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, when neither the referee nor the assistant noticed a clear goal from Cristiano Ronaldo that would have meant the triumph for the Portuguese. This situation generated the fury of the Juventus striker, who began to protest to the point of seeing the yellow card. He eventually left the field throwing his captain's tape onto the grass, something for which he later apologized.
"The only thing I can say is that I apologized to the coach, Fernando Santos, and the Portuguese team for what happened," said the 38-year-old Dutch referee. "As a team of referees, we always work hard to make the right decisions and when we do it this way, we are not satisfied at all," said referee Danny Makkelie.
On Saturday, in the last minute of overtime and while the two teams were tied, the Dutchman did not validate a goal for Cristiano Ronaldo when the ball had crossed the line.
Enraged, the Portuguese captain threw his armband on the grass, which earned him a yellow card. "The referee has already made public what he told me after the game, that he was ashamed and that it was a terrible mistake," detailed this Monday Fernando Santos at a press conference, on the eve of the match against Luxembourg, counting for the third day of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.
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