Cup Final referee Foy was wrong to book me for diving, says Ronaldo

02 March 2009 01:05
Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed referee Chris Foy was wrong to book him for diving during the Carling Cup Final when he was challenged by Ledley King.

It did not matter too much as Manchester United

went on to win the trophy onpenalties, with Ronaldo erasing the memory of his miss in Moscow by blasting home one of the Red Devils' four successful efforts.

Flashpoint: Ronaldo goes to ground as he is challenged by King

But it seems officials are now taking a hard-line approach with the world player of the year when he goes down in the box, and it was the second consecutive week he has been cautioned for diving.

TV replays showed King made contact with the 24-year-old, although even Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he was not certain whether it should have been a spot-kick or not.

"If you see the replay you will see that their player kicked me in the foot," said Ronaldo."The referee did not make the right decision then and he didn't give me a lot all match, I don't know why. But in every game, the referee's decision has to be respected."

Ronaldo had no hesitation in taking a penalty - United's third - even though missed against Chelsea in the Luzhniki Stadium. And after a brief game of bluff with Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes, the Portugal superstar came out on top.

"It's always important to choose a side and put the ball there," he said. "After Moscow I thought the goalkeeper would think I put it in the same corner but I changed."

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Source: Daily_Mail