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Portugal Boss Reveals What Ref Said After Ronaldo Tantrum

Portugal manager Fernando Santos has revealed what the referee said to him in the aftermath of Cristiano Ronaldo's disallowed goal in their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying draw with Serbia on the weekend.

Click through the gallery above to see Ronaldo's furious reaction to his goal being disallowed!

The Juventus forward believed he had scored an all-important winner in Portugal's 2-2 stalemate with Serbia on Saturday when his last-minute effort at goal appeared to cross the line.

Match official Danny Makkelie, however, allowed play to continue after he checked with his linesman, sparking a furious reaction from Ronaldo, who threw his captain's armband to the floor before storming off the field of play.

Discussing the bizarre incident after the game, Portugal boss Santos claimed that the referee apologised for the goal not standing and revealed to him that he was "embarrassed".

"We scored a goal that was not given when the ball went in," he told Portuguese broadcaster RTP.

"In a match of this level, that isn't possible. The referee apologised to me in the booth and told me he was embarrassed. I was in the dressing room with him and apologised to me.

"He had told me on the pitch that he was going to see the images and that, if it was the case, he was calling me to apologise – and so it was.

"It is the second time in a qualifying phase that they apologise to me after the game.

"I told him on the pitch that there was no VAR or goal-line (technology) – one of the things he told me was that the goal line was important – but I told him that the ball was half a metre inside the goal.

"There was no obstacle between the goalkeeper and the goal line. (It is a) problem because we drew. We have to rethink.

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"The referees are human and make mistakes, but that's why there is the VAR and the goal-line technology to avoid this."

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