DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Ghana coach Otto Addo has slammed the U.S. referee who awarded the penalty that resulted in Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup-record aim Thursday, calling it “a particular present.”

Ronaldo received and transformed the second-half penalty, making him the primary male participant to attain in 5 World Cups. Portugal then beat Ghana 3-2.

“If somebody scores a aim, congratulations. But it surely was actually a present. Actually a present,” Addo stated. “What extra can I say? (It was) a particular present from the referee.

Addo’s criticism of US referee Ismail Elfath was so direct that it may get him in hassle with FIFA.

When requested what he thought was the rationale for Ghana’s slender defeat, Addo replied: “The referee”.

Addo felt Ghanaian defender Mohammed Salisu didn’t foul Ronaldo for the penalty, and he complained that the officers didn’t use VAR to verify. Salisu’s thigh appeared to make gentle contact with Ronaldo’s leg earlier than the Portugal captain sprawled to the bottom.

Ronaldo, 37, who was beginning what ought to be his final World Cup, transformed the penalty into his piece of historical past.

“I feel it was actually the incorrect determination,” Addo stated. “I do not know why the VAR did not seem. There is not any rationalization for me. After which it is tough in opposition to a world-class crew once they’re up entrance.

Addo is a 47-year-old former Ghanaian participant in his first worldwide teaching job and his first World Cup. He stated he even tried to satisfy Elfath after the match to ask him in regards to the incident. Addo additionally complained that Elfath missed many fouls on his gamers.

“I attempted,” Addo stated. “I requested some folks outdoors FIFA if I may communicate with the referee calmly and quietly, however they stated he was in a gathering and it was not doable.”


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