‘If somebody scores a goal, congratulations, But this was a gift from the referee to Ronaldo’ – Otto Addo fumes


Ghana coach Otto Addo says the penalty awarded to Portuguese Selacao and converted by Cristiano Ronaldo during Ghana’s 3-2 loss to Portugal was a gift from the referee.

The Ghana gaffer believes the penalty Ronaldo won and scored to give his team the lead was really a bad decision.

However, Addo at the post-match conference at Stadium 974 after handling his first game at the World Cup said American referee Ismail Elfath erred in awarding Portugal a penalty.

“I think it was a really wrong decision, we were playing the ball… I don’t know why VAR did not come up, there was no explanation for it,” said Addo.

“It was a wrong decision. It was actually a foul against us,” Addo stated.

He added: “If somebody scores a goal, congratulations. But this was a gift, really a gift.”

Addo disclosed that he tried to talk to the Major League Soccer referee about some of the decisions that went against Ghana after the game.

“I wanted to do it in a calm way but I was told he was in a meeting. He was not in our favour. We got a few yellow cards which were deserved but there was also holding of jerseys and stopping counterattacks that were also yellow cards but not given to them.”

Ghana will play Asian powerhouse South Korea at the Education City Stadium in Al Wakrah at 1pm on Monday in their next game.

By: D. N. A. MENSAH, Daily Mail GH /Follow the writer @SkipperWrites on Twitter

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