Qatar 2022: Retired EPL Referee Dean Slams Penalty Decision Against Ghana
Former Premier League referee Mike Dean has slammed the decision to award Portugal a penalty against the Black Stars of Ghana at the ongoing Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Portugal edged Ghana 3-2 in their World Cup opener, with Ronaldo scoring 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.
“The defender clearly plays the ball,” Dean was quoted on the Sun.
“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.”
Dean 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.”
Ghana will hope to put the disappointing result behind them when they face South Korea in their second group game on Monday.
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