Armband flung to floor in epic Cristiano Ronaldo strop goes up for auction to help sick youngster in Serbia — RT Sport News
The armband, thrown to the ground by an angry Cristiano Ronaldo after he was denied a belated winner in Portugal’s World Cup qualifier against Serbia last weekend, was auctioned to raise funds for a sick child.
Ronaldo reacted with disgust in Belgrade after his belated attempt appeared to cross the goal line before being cleared by Serbia’s Stefan Mitrovic just so the referees could continue the game.
The furious Portuguese skipper stormed off the pitch before the final whistle, throwing his armband on the ground and receiving a yellow card for the protest.
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But a quick-thinking steward has now turned Ronaldo’s tragedy into a potential glimmer of hope for a local child by picking up the discarded item and contacting a sports channel to auction it off for charity.
The man asked to remain anonymous but told AFP: “He (Ronaldo) threw the armband three meters away from me and it immediately occurred to me that this (sale) might be a good opportunity.”
Cristiano Ronaldo left the pitch before the final whistle at the end of the game between Serbia and Portugal, throwing his captain’s armband in frustration. pic.twitter.com/I2i9uwkPhM
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He said the item had been authenticated and sold on the limundo.com website to raise funds for a six-month-old baby, Gavrilo Djurdjevic, who has a rare disease.
Branislav Jocic, sports channel Sportklub’s social media manager, said: “I hope we can reach Ronaldo ourselves … so we can help Gavrilo as much as possible.”
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Ronaldo’s tantrum came 2-2 in Belgrade after the hosts held Portugal back from 2-0 deficit. Diogo Jota had scored two goals for the visitors before Aleksandar Mitrovic and Filip Kotic equalized.
Struggling to expand his international record of 102 goals and get closer to Iranian legend Ali Daei’s record of 109 goals, Ronaldo has been criticized by some in his home country for his reaction to the disallowed goal.
Former Portugal international Fernando Meira claimed the outbreak was “unacceptable to the captain of the national team”.
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Center storm referee Danny Makkelie from the Netherlands has apologized to Ronaldo and Portugal for the apparent mistake, while UEFA said the incident could have been avoided if the two nations had previously agreed to use goal-line technology Game.
Meanwhile, 36-year-old Ronaldo will have the chance to correct this perceived injustice when he leads the European champions out against Minnows Luxembourg on Tuesday evening.