Cristiano Ronaldo facing FIFA sanction after storming off pitch during Portugal’s draw against Serbia
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo could be banned for at least one match after the Portugal captain stormed off the pitch during his country’s draw with Serbia
The 36-year-old furiously left the field before the final whistle as Portugal let a two-goal lead slip against Serbia in a World Cup qualifier.
The former Real Madrid man was furious after his shot on goal – which replays showed had crossed the line – was not given.
It would have meant a crucial 3-2 win for Portugal in the dying stages of the match but the lack of goalline technology and absence of VAR meant the points were shared.
Portugal boss Fernando Santos has since revealed that the referee apologised for his mistake but that may not be the end of the matter, with Corriere dello Sport reporting that Ronaldo could be banned for upcoming qualifiers.
Article 11 in the Disciplinary Code reads: ‘Offensive conduct or violation of the principles of fair play” before going into more detail about what that entails.
‘Associations and clubs, as well as their players, officials or any other member or person performing a function on their behalf, must comply with the Laws of the Game, the FIFA Statutes and the regulations, directives, guidelines, circulars and the decisions of FIFA; likewise, they must comply with the principles of fair play, loyalty and integrity.’
Ronaldo is yet to be charged with a breach of Article 11 but the veteran faces an anxious wait as his actions are scrutinised.