Former FIFA referee Sergei Lapochkin told that he saw no reason to award a penalty to Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo in a match with the Ghana team (3-2 ) at the World Cup and called the referee’s decision wrong.
In the 63rd minute of the match, Ghana national team defender Karim Salisu collided in his penalty area with Ronaldo, after which the referee scored the “point”. The striker converted an 11-yard kick.
– In general, there is no reason for sanction. There, according to some cameras, it seems that the defender did not play the ball, according to some – on the contrary. But the question is not even that. The main thing is that there are no footrests, no crosses in the legs. There is nothing. It’s just people running side by side, both looking for the ball. Some of them have played. But there is simply no fault. Normal athletic contact moment. One falls, the other remains standing.
There’s no hand pushing, nothing. If you look at the legs, it’s more likely that the defender played the ball. Maybe the striker played, but it doesn’t matter in this situation. The defending player does not trip, push or kick. I see no reason to award a penalty.
I don’t understand and can’t explain why VAR didn’t intervene at this point. I have a stupor. It’s for VAR work. Why the appointed Chief Justice is understandable. It might seem to him that the defender did not play the ball, stumbled. The video referee should have intervened. For me, it’s an obvious mistake,” Lapochkin told .
Ronaldo converted the designated penalty himself and became the first player to score in five different World Cups. The Portuguese led the game to victory – 3:2.
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Source : MatchTV