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Cristiano Ronaldo slammed for ‘unacceptable’ attitude after Portugal controversy

Cristiano Ronaldo was clearly furious after being denied a late winner during Portugal’s draw with Serbia on Saturday.

The Juventus forward was controversially denied a winner in the closing moments of the match after the linesman judged the ball hadn’t crossed the line.

Ronaldo sprinted forward to meet a long through ball from Nuno Mendes, and waited for the Serbia goalkeeper to miss the ball before slotting into the net. Or so he thought.

The ball trundled towards the goal, but Serbia defender Stefan Mitrovic slid back and hooked the ball back, though replays showed it was clearly over the line.

Cristiano Ronaldo threw his armband in disgust as he left the pitch after being deprived of a winner

Ronaldo was incensed, and sprinted over to complain at the linesman, receiving a yellow card for his troubles.

He continued to protest, and stormed off the pitch in disgust after the final whistle blew seconds later.

Ronaldo threw his captain’s armband to the floor and left it as he went straight down the tunnel, something former Portugal international Fernando Meira took issue with.

Cristiano Ronaldo was left fuming after being denied a late winner
Cristiano Ronaldo was left fuming after being denied a late winner

Speaking after the game, Meira tore into the five-time Ballon d’Or winner for his behaviour after the draw.

“It’s clearly a goal, but Ronaldo can’t throw the armband on the ground like that,” he said. “Cristiano’s reaction is natural, but it’s not acceptable from the national team captain.

“You can’t throw the armband on the ground and head into the dressing room while the game is still going on.

Ronaldo's shot appeared to have crossed the line
Ronaldo’s shot appeared to have crossed the line

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“It’s not acceptable behaviour for a player of his stature.

“I understand his frustration and I agree with him because his goal should have counted, but the referees need to make a decision without VAR and he has to set an example.

“But the example he set last night wasn’t good enough.”

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