Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the World Cup match against South Korea on December 2.©AFP
Cristiano Ronaldo says he was involved in a verbal argument with a South Korean player who blamed him for not leaving the pitch quickly enough when he was substituted in Portugal’s 2-1 World Cup loss on Friday . Portugal are still top of Group H despite the result, which also sent South Korea into the last 16, but Ronaldo looked annoyed as he slowly slipped away when his numbers increased in the 65th minute. “It happened when I was substituted. The Korean player was telling me to leave faster and I told him to shut up, because he has no authority,” Ronaldo told reporters.
“If I wasn’t going fast enough, it was up to the referee to say so. There shouldn’t be any controversy, it was just in the heat of the moment.”
Portugal coach Fernando Santos said: “He was angry with the Korean player and everyone saw it.
“The player was insulting him, telling him to go away (get off the pitch), that’s why he was angry and everyone saw it.
“I saw the interaction with the Korean player and I don’t doubt it.”
South Korean midfielder Hwang In-beom tried to play down the controversy.
“I didn’t see it, I was too tired,” he said. “I was looking at the ground, so I didn’t see it and I have nothing to say.”
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