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

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‘I am astonished. It’s indefensible’: Mike Dean claims Portugal’s penalty against Ghana should have been reversed ‘100 per cent’ and says it’s ‘scary’ that VAR didn’t get involved before Cristiano Ronaldo converted the penalty

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Former Premier League referee Mike Dean thinks the lack of VAR intervention in Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty against Ghana is ‘scary’.

Portugal beat Ghana 3-2 in their World Cup opener, Ronaldo scoring from the spot after a foul by Mohammed Salisu.

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

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

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

Former Premier League referee Mike Dean can't believe the decision hasn't been reversed

Former Premier League referee Mike Dean can't believe the decision hasn't been reversed

Former Premier League referee Mike Dean can’t believe the decision hasn’t been reversed

‘The defender is clearly playing the ball; he said after the game. Ronaldo then hits the defender’s back, goes down, provokes contact.

“It’s not the referee’s fault, he decides on the field of play. As far as I’m concerned, the VAR should have intervened and invited the referee to look at it.’

He added, “It’s scary, I must say. I’m just stunned. I always like to support referees, but you can’t support that kind of thing. You cannot defend the indefensible.

“It should have been reversed. He should have gone to the screen, he should have looked at it.

“Maybe there was a technical glitch we don’t know about. I just can’t understand why he wasn’t sent to the screen.

“100 percent it’s wrong.”