Mike Dean slams VAR over “indefensible” decision as World Cup officials under scrutiny

Referees at the Qatar World Cup have been criticized throughout the tournament, and former English Premier League official Mike Dean is among the latest referees to be targeted.

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Former Premier League referee Mike Dean has criticized his “indefensible” decision to award Cristiano Ronaldo a record-breaking penalty against Ghana.

The former Manchester United striker won a controversial penalty after the slightest contact with Southampton defender Mohamed Salisu. The referee did not hesitate in the decision as VAR chose not to intervene.

Ronaldo stepped up and smashed his effort in front of Ghana goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Ziggy to become the first male player to score in five separate World Cup matches. Dean was not happy that he had the opportunity in the first place and was aghast at the decision to award a penalty.

Speaking on a full-time basis, the 54-year-old said: “The defender [Salisu] He plays the ball clearly. Then Ronaldo touches the back of the defender, goes down, inciting contact.

“It’s not the referee’s fault – the decision was made on the field of play. In my opinion, the VAR should have stepped in and called the referee to look at it.”

He continued, “It’s scary, I must say. I’m just amazed. I like to support referees all the time but you can’t support things like that. You can’t defend the indefensible.”

Cristiano Ronaldo gave his team the lead from the penalty spot after a controversial decision


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He added, “It should have been flipped. It should have gone to the screen, it should have looked at it. There might have been some technical flaw that we don’t know about. I just can’t understand why it wasn’t sent to the screen. 100 percent that’s wrong.” .

In the end, the decision to award Portugal a penalty would prove costly to Ghana’s opponents after they lost 3-2 at Stade 974. After Ronaldo gave Portugal the lead, former Swansea City and West Ham striker Andre Ayew equalized for the African side. side.

Joao Felix put his side ahead again after just five minutes before substitute Rafael Leão looked to finish off the win with a header with 10 minutes remaining. Osman Bokaro pulled one back for Ghana before stoppage time to make the score uncomfortable for the Portugal match.

Ronaldo’s penalty was one of nine penalties awarded at the Qatar Finals already – all but two were successfully converted. Robert Lewandowski was the first to miss a penalty after turning down an opportunity to give Poland the lead against Mexico on Tuesday.

Alphonso Davies then saw his penalty be saved by Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois – a decision that would end up costing Canada as they eventually found themselves in an unfortunate 1-0 defeat.

Fernando Santos’ men next meet Uruguay before facing South Korea in their final group game as they try to reach the next round of the World Cup.

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