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Cristiano Ronaldo Could Be Punished by FIFA for Storming Off the Pitch During Portugal's Draw With Serbia

Cristiano Ronaldo was left furious after being denied a late goal in Serbia draw
Cristiano Ronaldo was left furious after being denied a late goal in Serbia draw / Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo could reportedly face punishment from FIFA following his outburst after being denied a late goal in Portugal's 2-2 draw with Serbia during their World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

The Portugal captain was left frustrated when he was denied a crucial goal which would have handed his side all three points. Multiple replays appeared to show the ball crossing the line before Serbia defender Stefan Mitrovic cleared it, but the officials decided against awarding Ronaldo the goal.

When the goal was not awarded, Ronaldo lost his cool and yelled at the assistant referee before throwing his captain's armband on the field and stormed off towards the tunnel. Now, according to Corriere dello Sport, the Juventus star could be sanctioned by FIFA if he deemed of showing "offensive or violent conduct".

Article 11 in the Disciplinary Code reads: “Associations and clubs, as well as their players, officials or any other member or person performing a function on their behalf, must comply with the Laws of the Game, the FIFA Statutes and the regulations, directives, guidelines, circulars and the decisions of FIFA; likewise, they must comply with the principles of fair play, loyalty and integrity.”

The on-field referee Danny Makkelie was hounded by Portugal players and staff after the game, but stood his ground, and told Portuguese newspaper A Bola: "All I can say is that I apologised to the national coach, Mr. Fernando Santos, and to the Portuguese team for what happened. As a refereeing team, we always work hard to make good decisions. When we are in the news this way, it does not make us happy at all."