Moscow :Elbow is a red card in the rules, the rule doesn’t say if it’s Messi or Ronaldo,” complains Iran coach Carlos Queiroz who is a Portuguese.
In the world of sport which champions dominate, usually at the cost of underdogs, the expression “We wuz robbed” is pretty common. It was heard again from the Iranian coach Carlos Queiroz after his team’s 1-1 draw with Portugal that saw Cristiano Ronaldo’s team advance into the last 16 at the expense of Iran. Ironically, Querioz is a Portuguese.
Quieroz seemed convinced that the system favours the champion players, the showboats of the game, as they bring the glamour and the big bucks. He lambasted FIFA and the referee saying he believed the official may have been under instructions to ensure Portugal and Ronaldo advance. The coach believes Ronaldo elbowing Morteza Pouraliganji merited his being sent off.
Spain too seemed to have a guardian angel in their fixture against Morocco, especially when defender Gerard Pique went flying in with a two-footed challenge on Khalid Boutaib. While Pique made very little contact with Boutaib, the Morocco striker was left in a heap on the floor after an extremely grim lunge. It was a sure red card for pundits on Football Extraaa. But it thankfully eluded the eagle eye of the RAR team, and left the grappling Spain to grind out a win in their favour! In the must-win Argentina knockout against Nigeria, as Messi fans prayed fervently for the GOAT to deliver, and he did resoundingly with a sublime goal from start to finish, the penalty claim by Nigeria was not given. In this instance, though, it was plain to see that the action by Marcus Rojo was not deliberate… as Argentina clawed back in to win the match 2-1.
“You stop the game for VAR, there is an elbow. Elbow. Elbow is a red card in the rules, the rules doesn’t say if it’s Messi or Ronaldo,” said Quieroz of the incident that floored Morteza Pouraliganji. He implied the referee could have been told to be lenient because Ronaldo is such a big name: “I don’t know if it was this but we have the right to know,” Quieroz said at the press conference.