Danny Makkelie, the Dutch referee, has apologised for denying Cristiano Ronaldo the winning goal in Portugal’s 2-2 draw with Serbia in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
Stefan Mitrovic, the Serbia defender, tried in vain to clear Ronaldo’s effort in stoppage time, but the ball crossed the line.
With no VAR or goal-line technology, Makkelie waved play on much to the anger of Ronaldo and his teammates.
“As per FIFA’s policies, all I can say is that I apologised to the national coach, Mr. 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,” Makkelie told A Bola.
The 38-year-okd has been an international referee since 2008 and took charge of the 2020 Europa League final between Sevilla and Inter Milan.
Recall that Ronaldo took off the captain’s armband and slammed it on the ground in anger and this did not go down well with some Portugal supporters on social media.