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Nigeria Star Slams Referee For Not Awarding Penalty

Nigeria Star Slams Referee For Not Awarding Penalty Against Argentina

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jun 27, 2018 08:36 AM @KurtLaduma

A Nigeria star has lambasted the referee’s decision to not award the Super Eagles a penalty in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D loss to Argentina on Tuesday night, especially after the match official consulted VAR.

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With the game tied at 1-1, Nigeria players surrounded the referee when it appeared that Marcos Rojo handballed the ball in his own penalty area in the second half of the clash. The match official used VAR, but decided against awarding the spot-kick, much to the dismay of the African nation.

Rojo later sent Argentina through with a late goal to make the score 2-1, but Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel feels his team were hard done by.

"I don't understand how that wasn't a penalty, for me it was a clear handball," he said, according to FourFourTwo.

"It was a clear penalty. Maybe the referee has given the first penalty and doesn't want to give a second one.

"But a penalty is a penalty. He (the referee) looked at the VAR, (we asked him) did the ball hit the hand? He said 'yes', but why it's not a penalty? I don't understand."

Read: Messi Breaks Maradona Record, Writes World Cup History

Argentina will go up against France in the Round of 16 on Saturday afternoon, while Nigeria were sent home.

Do you think Argentina deserved to go through to the next round? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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So-Mathabo-KBY Joined: 29 Aug 2016
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So-Mathabo-KBY Jun 28, 2018 11:42 AM
Most people are saying it wasn't a penalty only because they are Messi fans well im also a Messi fan but I'm not pleased to see him advance to the last 16 at the expense of Nigerian. Rojo headed the ball into his hand but what surprised me was the referee's reaction when he checked his screen took a few steps to leave the screen then turned back to check again for 3 seconds then left again, which clearly showed he wasn't sure about his decision but if it was an African player who made the foul it was going to be a penalty
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buccashushu Jun 27, 2018 05:14 PM
I don'tt undererstand this Nigerian Capt.He is a professional player but he can't defferentiate a ball to the hand and hand to the ball.it was a ball to the hand simply meaning not intentional and therefore not a penalty.
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Qhaf-Qhaf Jun 27, 2018 03:50 PM
@Pirates-999 if there are still football fans who wear Rats and Chimps T-shirts whenever Downs play ACL match then forget about African countries supporting each other in the World Cup finals son
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Mgqibelo Joined: 27 Jun 2018
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Mgqibelo Jun 27, 2018 02:31 PM
That wasn't a penalty
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ToivoYaToiva Joined: 17 Mar 2015
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ToivoYaToiva Jun 27, 2018 02:28 PM
I am not saying the ref was right or VAR, what do we make of the foul on Angel Di Maria, yellow or red card offence?
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Pirates_999 Jun 27, 2018 01:40 PM
I feel sorry for us (Africans) we don't support each other in the world cup we prefer teams that underestimate us, teams that don't like us. South American teams & Europe teams don't believe in losing to African teams they think they better than us even if they not playing well.
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Big[®]sykes Jun 27, 2018 12:52 PM
There is a chance that we might see Brazil v Germany in the last 16 and that supports my cash cow for sponsors below
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Big[®]sykes Jun 27, 2018 12:47 PM
@chipi07 bro its sad just watch what will happen if Senegal goes through to the last 16,we haven't seen the last of var there is more drama to come later on I think Croatia,Denmark and Mexico will be victims,Brazil use to attract spectators but last 3_world cups they were dissapointing now who do you turn too when your cash cow is dissapointing,Messi and Ronaldo,watch Uruguay if they don't score and win clean like they did to Russia they will be robed a spot in one over 4 finals same might happen to France,I like Messi but if he wins this world cup the Nigeria decision will taint his football God status
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ta more@mbekweni Jun 27, 2018 11:44 AM
All those who wish for Argentina to fail are the ones who accusing officials as biased of things just because they r hurting badly it's so bizarre for them they are the same who defended real Madrid with two matches against Buyern and juve
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Ultimate One Joined: 24 Jun 2018
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Ultimate One Jun 27, 2018 11:21 AM
It's for us African we must unite to create our own things and stop following the world #Africa create the future
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wash & wear Joined: 27 Oct 2017
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wash & wear Jun 27, 2018 11:01 AM
that foool ref robbed hillbrow fc
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rendzo1 Joined: 15 Sep 2015
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rendzo1 Jun 27, 2018 10:58 AM
@Thobz10 I agree with u, the guys just decided to follow Machirano down and that was it, the second one was completely not penalty the ball came from head
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Thobz10 Jun 27, 2018 10:49 AM
I didnt watch the Iran vs Portugal incident but if it was the same as this one, then it was an incorrect call. Last night's incident was simply not a penalty, even the first penalty for Nigeria was too soft. Nigeria have themselves to blame
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leendomint Jun 27, 2018 10:42 AM
@Vuyo305 I bet you have to watch the of the video of the Iran incident again, the ball was headed by both players it even touched the portugees defender's head before it went to the hand.
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Vuyo305 Joined: 22 Jun 2018
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Vuyo305 Jun 27, 2018 10:34 AM
@leendomint those two accidents were not the same. The one of Iran. The ball was headed by the Iran player then it touched the hand of Portugal player. Of which that can be debated as a dilibarate act. While the one of yesterday. The ball was headed by Rojo and it fell to his arm. That's clearly not delibarate
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dr ss zondi Jun 27, 2018 10:01 AM
That's football,the VAR system is not working for me, Referee's decision must be final.African teams must focus on their discipline and our fans must be sponsored by governments and CAF,The Argentinian fans won the match for Argentina,the Stadium was sky blue and white,Ighalo also missed a golden opportunity
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chipi07 Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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chipi07 Jun 27, 2018 10:00 AM
@Big[®]sykes Chief thats what football turned into,. The Messi-Ranaldo debate is making money for many, You can even see how many time it pops out on SoccerLaduma website. Even though it is time to move on from this two cows. The world is trying to feed us. Argentina would have went packing simple!
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STIGA18 Joined: 26 Sep 2015
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STIGA18 Jun 27, 2018 09:57 AM
I thought u said Messi will pay, now u complain about a penalty. Useless players!!!
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leendomint Joined: 11 Oct 2016
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leendomint Jun 27, 2018 09:53 AM
@Vuyo305 I think the very same incident happened in the game of Portugal against Iran, and Iran were given a Penalty... So why not give the African team a penalty ??
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@azzaniawest Jun 27, 2018 09:36 AM
STOP COMPLAINING AGAINST TECHNOLOGY, CALL YOUR NIGERIAN PASTORS FOR HELP, WHERE WERE THEY?

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