‘Pure robbery’ - Fans lament lack of VAR review in Ghana vs Portugal World Cup match

Mohammed Salisu, Cristiano Ronaldo Getty

Fans in Africa believe Ghana were the victims of poor officiating following a questionable penalty handed to Portugal in their World Cup opener.

Ghana were holding on for a goalless draw before Mohammed Salisu was adjudged to have fouled Cristiano Ronaldo in the box in what appeared for be a soft challenge but the referee pointed to the spot after which the Portugal captain scored his country’s opening goal.

While some supporters blamed Jordan Ayew for losing possession to allow Portugal score two late goals, a big number feel the Black Stars were hard done by, given the referee turned down their appeals to review the incident on VAR, setting the tone for the 3-2 defeat.

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