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Portugal & Cristiano Ronaldo Receive Apology From Referee Over Serbia Error

Arjun Singh Devgan
Portugal have received an apology from referee Danny Makkelie over his mistake during World Cup qualifier
Portugal have received an apology from referee Danny Makkelie over his mistake during World Cup qualifier / Soccrates Images/Getty Images
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Portugal have received an apology from referee, Danny Makkelie after he failed to award them Cristiano Ronaldo's last-gasp winner against Serbia in a 2022 World Cup qualifier earlier this week.

Ronaldo had thought that he had given his country the 3-2 win on the night, only to be left furious after his goal was disallowed after it was not deemed to have crossed the goal line. It did not go down well with the 36-year-old who was booked for pleading with the officials before storming off the pitch with the full-time whistle not yet blown in the World Cup qualifier.

Makkelie who was officiating the game has now offered his apologies to Portuguese players and coaching staff.

"As per FIFA's policies, all I can say is that I apologised to the national coach, Fernando Santos, and to the Portuguese team for what happened. As a referee team, we always work hard to make good decisions. When we are in the news in this manner, it doesn't make us happy at all," he told Portuguese outlet A Bola.

The decision on the night however draw sharp criticism from Portugal manager, Fernando Santos who was furious that there was no "VAR or goal-line technology" for what are very important games for them.

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