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'Cristiano Ronaldo's Reaction During Serbia Game Was Unacceptable,' Claims Fernando Meira

Arjun Singh Devgan
Serbia  v Portugal -World Cup Qualifier
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Former Portugal international, Fernando Meira has hit out at fellow countryman, Cristiano Ronaldo's decision to walk off the pitch and throw away his captain's armband during their 2-2 draw with Serbia in the Group A World Cup qualifier.

Ronaldo stormed off the pitch before the final whistle was blown after he was denied a clear winner in what was a controversial end to the game, after his shot looked like it crossed into the goal. However, referee, Danny Makkelie waved on play, and there was no VAR or goal-line technology to check the call.

"It's a clear goal, but Ronaldo cannot throw Portugal's captain's armband on the floor. Cristiano's reaction is natural but unacceptable for the captain of the national team. You cannot throw the captain's armband on the floor and go towards the changing room while the game is still going on," Meira said as per ESPN.

"It's not acceptable for a player of his importance. I understand his frustration and I agree with him because the goal was valid, but the referees are the ones that have to make decisions, without VAR, and he has to set an example. And yesterday's was not one to follow."

Despite the criticism aimed at Ronaldo, Portugal coach, Fernando Santos defended his skipper, claiming that it showed "normal frustration" for the situation.