Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo sustained his first straight red card in the Spanish La Liga last week after his elbow hit the face of Malaga’s Mtiliga.
The player was left injured with blood while Cristiano Ronaldo was astonished by the referee’s decision.
When explaining his point, the Portuguese superstar insisted that there was no intent in his action and he also gave a reason to the extent of the incident, saying:
“We may see blood but people who know and understand football will see that this didn’t deserve a red card.
“It was the result of bad luck because the guy measures only 1 meter 70 centimeters. If he was taller it would have hit him in the chest.”
Besides, Cristiano Ronaldo also revealed that Mtiliga wasn’t angry at the Real Madrid star as he felt that what happened was an accident rather than a malicious tackle.
Mtiliga was actually pulling Ronaldo’s shirt before receiving an elbow from the player right in the face.
Now many people expressed their opinion concerning Cristiano Ronaldo’s behavior and his sending off. Here are a few relevant thoughts:
Marca columnist, Roberto Palomar:
â€œA player who gets sent off against Almeria and Malaga whereas the match is already won is a fool.â€
Malaga’s on-loan Manchester City striker, Felipe Caicedo:
“Of course it deserved a red card. Patrick’s nose is broken.”
Real Madrid director, Jorge Valdano:
“A referee must be aware not to spoil the spectacle.”
“Cristiano wants to play, always. When he his tackled him from behind, he tries to break free, unlike others who dive and claim a foul.
“Rather than Ronaldo adapting to La Liga, referees should adapt to his style.”
Real Madrid former player, Emilio Butragueno:
” If you watching the move, you can see that he clearly doesn’t want to hurt the opponent.”
“I was a forward and when you are in a challenge, you want to free yourself. Ronaldo is a great professional.”
Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Real Madrid’s tricky trip away to Deportivo La Coruna. He might miss even more games for Los Blancos, depending on the length of the ban.
Angela Asante, CRF Chief Editor