Nemanja Matic poked enjoyable at Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo on social media after the latter was denied a late winner for Portugal in opposition to Serbia final weekend.
Saturday’s World Cup qualifier was into the ultimate seconds with the rating at 2-2 earlier than the Juventus celebrity had seemed like he squeezed house a winner.
Simply because it seemed like Ronaldo’s late effort had gone previous the goal-line, Serbia captain Stefan Mitrovic slid in to clear. Referee Danny Makkelie and his crew of Dutch officers refused to provide the objective, regardless of protestations.
The 36-year-old was livid and earned himself a reserving for confronting the assistant referee earlier than throwing his captain’s armband to the ground in disgust.
And on Tuesday, Matic teased each Ronaldo and his Man United teammate Fernandes by sticking an image of the objective line incident on the latter’s locker at Previous Trafford.
He tagged Ronaldo and Fernandes in a put up, writing: “Simply on the road now, is it clear now?”
Makkelie was reportedly ’embarrassed’ and has ‘apologised’ to Portugal supervisor Fernando Santos after he failed to identify Ronaldo’s strike had crossed the road.
Santos, supervisor of the reigning European champions, has since claimed Makkelie recognised the error made and insisted VAR needs to be in use for World Cup qualifiers.
He advised RTP: “We scored a objective that was not given when the ball went in. In a match of this degree, that isn’t potential.
“The referee apologised to me within the sales space and advised me he was embarrassed. I used to be within the dressing room with him and apologised to me.
“He had advised me on the pitch that he was going to see the photographs and that if it was the case he was calling me to apologise – and so it was.
“I advised him on the pitch that there was no VAR or goal-line expertise – one of many issues he advised me was that the objective line was essential – however I advised him that the ball was half a metre contained in the objective.
“There was no impediment between the goalkeeper and the objective line. [It is a] drawback as a result of we drew. We’ve to rethink.
“The referees are human and make errors, however that’s why there’s the VAR and the goal-line expertise to keep away from this.”