Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo said that he is a target for the opposing team so that he asked the referee to protect him during the match at the World Cup South Africa.
Ronaldo was very angry after receiving a yellow card from referee after a small fight with Ivory Coast defender Guy Demel in the Group G match on Tuesday (15 / 6) evening. Ronaldo was not happy because the referee did not impose penalties on opposing players who tackled him.
“The referee should protect the players with a techniques game-style, when they are violated by the opponent,” said the former Manchester United star to The Sun.
“One of their players (Ivory Coast) violated me in the first round and I got a yellow card for that. I don’t understand. When three players blocking one person, it’s like what I experienced, and it’s not fair to give me a yellow card,” said Ronaldo, expressing his anger.
“Sometimes it is very difficult for me when the referee declared no violation because they think I pretend to fall (diving),” he added.
Coach Carlos Queiroz of Portugal also supported Ronaldo’s statement.
He said that Côte d’Ivoire player’s was trying to intimidate Ronaldo with a hard tackle.
“They’re not protecting the talented players. Côte d’Ivoire players develop a rough tackling-style. Ronaldo became the victim from a bad decision,” said the former assistant coach of Barcelona and Manchester United.
But no matter what the referee decide, Ronaldo still couldn’t bring the Sellecao to the victory, as the match end with no goals on both side.