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‘It’s indefensible’: Mike Dean claims Portugal’s penalty against Ghana should have been overturned

Daily Mail Online

Former Premier League referee Mike Dean has slammed the decision to award Portugal a penalty against Ghana – and thinks the lack of VAR intervention before Cristiano Ronaldo’s spot kick was ‘scary’.

Portugal beat Ghana 3-2 in their World Cup opener, with Ronaldo netting from the spot after going down under a challenge from Mohammed Salisu.

Many viewers disagreed with the decision, thinking Salisu got the ball and that Ronaldo went down easily. And Dean agrees with them.

Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo won a dubious penalty against Ghana on Thursday Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo won a dubious penalty against Ghana on Thursday

Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo won a dubious penalty against Ghana on Thursday

Former Premier League referee Mike Dean cannot believe that the decision wasn't overturned Former Premier League referee Mike Dean cannot believe that the decision wasn't overturned

Former Premier League referee Mike Dean cannot believe that the decision wasn’t overturned 

‘The defender clearly plays the ball,; he said after the game. ‘Ronaldo then touches the back of the defender, goes down, instigated contact.

‘It’s not the referee’s fault – he’s given the decision on the field of play. The VAR, in my opinion, should have got involved…

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