‘I’m ASTOUNDED. It’s indefensible’: Mike Dean claims Portugal’s penalty against Ghana ‘100 per cent’ should have been overturned and says it’s ‘scary’ that VAR didn’t get involved before Cristiano Ronaldo converted the spot-kick
Former Premier League referee Mike Dean has slammed the decision to award Portugal a penalty against Ghana – and thinks the lack of VAR intervention before Cristiano Ronaldo’s spot kick was ‘scary’.
Portugal beat Ghana 3-2 in their World Cup opener, with Ronaldo netting from the spot after going down under a challenge from Mohammed Salisu.
Many viewers disagreed with the decision, thinking Salisu got the ball and that Ronaldo went down easily. And Dean agrees with them.
Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo won a dubious penalty against Ghana on Thursday
Former Premier League referee Mike Dean cannot believe that the decision wasn’t overturned
‘The defender clearly plays the ball,; he said after the game. ‘Ronaldo then touches the back of the defender, goes down, instigated contact.
‘It’s not the referee’s fault – he’s given the decision on the field of play. The VAR, in my opinion, should have got involved and invited the referee over to have a look at it.’
He added: ‘It’s scary, I have to say. I’m just astounded. I like to back referees all the time but you can’t support stuff like that. You can’t defend the indefensible.
‘It should have been overturned. He should have gone to the screen, he should have looked at it.
‘There may have been some technical glitch that we don’t know about. I just can’t understand why he wasn’t sent to the screen.
‘100 per cent it’s wrong.’