Dutch referee Danny Makkelie has o Apologized to Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal after disallowing the striker’s goal against Serbia.
Makkelie had officiated the match in which Portugal had to settle for a 2-2 draw in their 2022 World Cup qualifying clash after Ronaldo was denied a last-gasp winner by the match officials.
Replays showed that the Juventus striker’s shot had crossed the line before Aleksandar Mitrovic was able to clear the ball away, but the Dutch referee waved play on after consulting with his linesman, which he has now admitted was the wrong decision.
“As per FIFA’s policies, all I can say is that I apologised to the national coach, Fernando Santos, and to the Portuguese team for what happened,” Makkelie told Portuguese publication A Bola. “As a referee team, we always work hard to make good decisions. When we are in the news in this manner, it doesn’t make us happy at all.”