Cristiano Ronaldo risks Fifa sanction after Portugal captain threw armband to ground and stormed off pitch vs Serbia

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CRISTIANO RONALDO could face a Fifa sanction for his furious reaction to the denial of Portugal’s winning goal against Serbia on Saturday night.

Ronaldo poked the ball over the line in added time to seemingly give his side a 3-2 victory, only for the officials and absence of goalline technology to let the Juventus star down.

Replays showed the ball clearly crossed the line
Ronaldo’s effort clearly went over the line before Serbian defender Stefan Mitrovic hooked it clear
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Ronaldo threw his captain’s armband on the floor after the controversial decision[/caption]

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He then proceeded to storm off the pitch in a fit of rage[/caption]

The goal was not given, leading to Ronaldo losing the plot, screaming at the assistant referee before throwing his captain’s armband to the floor and storming off the pitch.

And Corriere dello Sport have now revealed that the Euro 2016 winner could receive a sanction from Fifa if they deem his reaction to be ‘offensive or violent conduct’.

Article 11 in the Disciplinary Code reads: “Offensive conduct or violation of the principles of fair play” before going into more detail about what that entails.

It says: “Associations and clubs, as well as their players, officials or any other member or person performing a function on their behalf, must comply with the Laws of the Game, the FIFA Statutes and the regulations, directives, guidelines, circulars and the decisions of FIFA; likewise, they must comply with the principles of fair play, loyalty and integrity.”

It has not yet been confirmed whether or not Ronaldo has breached the rules of Article 11.

If he is deemed guilty, Explica report that Article 12 then details the punishment, saying the ban could be ‘at least one match or an appropriate period of time for unsportsmanlike conduct towards an opponent or anyone other than a match official’.

Former Portugal international Fernando Meira blasted Ronaldo after the match for his ‘unacceptable behaviour’ which ‘set a bad example’ for others.

Following the decision, Portugal boss Fernando Santos revealed that the referee had apologised for the mistake.

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He told RTP: “We scored a goal that was not given when the ball went in. In a match of this level, that isn’t possible.

“The referee apologised to me in the booth and told me he was embarrassed. I was in the dressing room with him and apologised to me.

“He had told me on the pitch that he was going to see the images and that if it was the case he was calling me to apologise – and so it was.

“I told him on the pitch that there was no VAR or goal-line technology – one of the things he told me was that the goal line was important – but I told him that the ball was half a metre inside the goal.

“There was no obstacle between the goalkeeper and the goal line. [It is a] problem because we drew. We have to rethink.

“The referees are human and make mistakes, but that’s why there is the VAR and the goal-line technology to avoid this.”

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