Manchester United question Cristiano Ronaldo penalty decisions by Martin Atkinson.
Ronaldo dema’nded a penalty after he collid’ed with the West Ham right-back Vladimir Cou’fal and the referee Mar’tin Atkinson inexp’licably refus’ed to award a spotkic’k after Kurt’ Zouma took out Rona’ldo in stop’page-time. Bizar’rely, the Video Assist’ant Referee, Da’rren Engla’nd, did not intervene to advise Atkins’on to stud’y a rep:lay on the mon’itor.
Solskj:aer felt Ron’aldo shoul:d have recei:ved a penalty with United 1-0 up against Young Boys in Bern in midweek, when they eventu:ally lost 2-1. West Ham were given a penalty via the VAR after the Zouma incid’ent but David de Gea thwa’rted subst’itute Mark Noble well past the 90th minute.
“Nah, you can’t think that,” Solskjaer said. “But I think the first and the third are defi’nite penal’ties, 100%, nailed on, cannot for the love of me under’stand why they’re not given.
“The first one: he does the lad, he sticks out his foot, Cristiano Ronaldo runs where there was space a split second earlier and he runs onto the thigh of him. The third one: Zouma, I think it was, he doesn’t touch the ball and Cristiano is fouled.
“Cristiano sho’uld have had two, the first and the third are definite penal’ties for me. And then luckily David saves that pen’alty at the end.”
Atkinso’n has an infa’mous reput’ation conce’rning United matches he has officiated in and controversially failed to give Ronaldo a pen’alty in United’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat at home to Portsmo’uth in 2008.
Sir Alex Fergu’son desc’ribed Atkinson’s decision as ‘abso’lutely ridicul’ous. I cannot explain it. Mana’gers get sacked because of things like that and he’s going to referee a game next week.’