FIFA World Cup 2022: Pepe and Bruno Fernandes blast Argentine referee after Portugal exit | Football News

FIFA World Cup 2022: Pepe and Bruno Fernandes blast Argentine referee after Portugal exit | Football News
FIFA World Cup 2022: Pepe and Bruno Fernandes blast Argentine referee after Portugal exit | Football News
DOHA: Portugal gamers Pepe and Bruno Fernandes lashed out on the Argentine referee accountable for their 1-0 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal defeat in opposition to Morocco on Saturday, claiming his nationality impacted the sport.
Argentina progressed to the final 4 on Friday by beating the Netherlands and may they attain the ultimate, would possibly play in opposition to Morocco in the event that they win their semifinal in opposition to defending champions France, who beat England 2-1 within the fourth quarterfinal on Saturday.
The match referee Facundo Tello, his two assistants and the video assistant referee had been all from Argentina.

“It’s unacceptable for an Argentine referee to referee our sport,” Pepe stated on Portuguese tv. “After what occurred yesterday, with (Lionel) Messi speaking, all of Argentina speaking, and the referee comes right here.
“What did we play within the second half? The goalkeeper dropped to the bottom. There had been solely eight minutes of stoppage time. We labored exhausting and the referee (solely added on) eight minutes.”
Messi had complained in regards to the refereeing of Argentina’s conflict with the Dutch, saying an excessive amount of time had been added on.
Portugal’s important grievance was that too little time had been added of their conflict with Morocco they usually had been crucial of supposed time-wasting by the North African facet within the second half.
Bruno Fernandes complained that much more damage time ought to have been added, and that referees from groups nonetheless concerned within the event shouldn’t be appointed to matches.

“We already know the way it works… earlier than the sport we already knew what we had been in for, and what sort of referee we might discover,” stated Fernandes.
“Unfortunately, in these competitions, the place there aren’t any Portuguese referees, there are referees from groups which are nonetheless within the competitors.
“It appears unusual to me, to say the least, however I do not wish to get into that, as a result of that is not the one cause we misplaced.
“The referee gave two minutes of damage time within the first half and eight within the second. In this second half, the sport was stopped, at minimal, for between 15 and 20 minutes.”
Fernandes added: “We knew that we might play in opposition to rather more than simply Morocco.”

The midfielder was left livid within the first half after not being awarded a penalty when he tumbled underneath a Moroccan participant’s problem from behind.
“The (officers) should not used to such a sport and this tempo,” added Fernandes.
“In the primary half there’s a clear penalty on me, with none doubt, as a result of I’m on my own and by no means in my life let myself fall, once I was alone with the goalkeeper and will shoot on purpose. It’s so simple as that.”
However, his coach Fernando Santos didn’t assume the officers made a giant distinction in his staff’s elimination.
“I do not assume so, I believe he may have referred to as for a foul on one or two (extra) events however typically talking I do not assume so,” stated Santos.
“I believe we may have carried out extra and we did not achieve this. I do not assume we must always blame the referee, it would not make sense.”

The coach, who has a contract till after Euro 2024, stated he would focus on his future within the days to return with the Portuguese football federation.
Manchester City’s Ruben Dias believes the staff nonetheless has loads of potential as they ponder the long run with gamers comparable to Goncalo Ramos and Rafael Leao.
“Above all, it can be crucial at this second, regardless of the tough of digesting (the defeat) to build up extra expertise,” stated Dias.
“We have a really younger era with loads of high quality and now we have to have religion that nothing is misplaced.”

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