Amidst the controversies rising out of Ghana’s 3-2 defeat to Portugal in their first group stage match in the Qatar World Cup tournament, Veteran English referee, Mike Dean, has questioned the officiating of this all important game.
The officiating referee who happens to be coming from America, referee Ismail Elfath, penalized Mohammed Salisu for the least contact with Cristiano Ronaldo and was quick to award the two-time World Cup semi-finalists a penalty.
According to the retired Mike Dean, Ismail Elfath should have been invited to review the incident at the pitch side Video Assistant Referee (VAR) monitor, but that was not done.
He said “The VAR, in my opinion, should have gotten involved, should’ve invited the referee over to have a look at it,” Mike Dean told beIN Sports after the game. He further added, “I like to back referees all the time, but you can’t support stuff like that. You can’t defend the undefendable. “For me, it should’ve been overturned, he should’ve gone to the screen. 100% it was wrong.”
Just like Mike Dean, a lot of football officials think that the penalty decision was unfair to Ghana and that things shouldn’t have gone the way they did.