Red for Ronaldo? “Oh, leave me alone”
How does Cristiano Ronaldo rate this working day? Ambitious is an attribute that does not yet fully describe the world footballer. If Ronaldo doesn’t score a goal (1:1) against Iran on Monday night and then scores a penalty kicker (kicker score 4), his mood should be predictable.
The smile that spread on his face after 83 minutes had little to do with the modest appearance. In fact, it was perhaps a facilitated output, although CR7 concealed it well. A yellow card? For me? For what, then?
His alleged blow against Iran defender Morteza Pouraliganji, who referee Enrique Caceres rated yellow after video evidence, caused horror at the underdog from Asia. Especially coach Carlos Queiroz. A Portuguese of all people. And the one who’s known Ronaldo for so long.
“How can five referees not see that?”
“When the elbow is present,” the former co-trainer ManUniteds and national coach of Portugal shouted, “it’s red. We have modern technology that has cost thousands of dollars – and you don’t see the elbow? This is yellow? Seriously? Oh, leave me alone.”
The rules, Queiroz continued, “are clear, there is nothing about Messi or Ronaldo. How can five referees not see that? “What’s the difference between Ronaldo’s elbow and another elbow?”
Lack of transparency? Queiroz hopes for more clarity
Although it was made clear before the tournament that – unlike in the Bundesliga – every scene that the referee looks at in the review area should also be displayed on the stadium screens, Queiroz demands more transparency. “I need to know who’s making the decisions, who’s running the game. There must be clarity. I want to know if I’m going to be a grandfather or not. And not that my daughter’s a little pregnant.”
The grotesque thing about his anger speech? Queiroz is a supporter of video evidence. “I have fought for this system for 20 years, but now I’m going home frustrated. Good luck to Portugal. May they win the World Cup.”