Cristiano Ronaldo speaks out on spat with South Korean player

Cristiano Ronaldo exchanged words with a South Korea player when he was subbed off on Friday.

Portugal fell to a shock 2-1 defeat to South Korea on Friday afternoon.

Portugal’s spot in the last-16 was already secure, so they opted to make a lot of changes for the game.

However, Cristiano Ronaldo was in from the off but once again failed to find the back of the net.

When taken off in the second half, Cristiano Ronaldo got into a verbal spat with a South Korean player who criticised him for failing to leave the field quickly enough when substituted:

“It happened when I was substituted. The Korean player was telling me to go off more quickly and I told him to be quiet, because he hasn’t got any authority,” Ronaldo told reporters.

“If I wasn’t going quickly enough, it was up to the referee to say so. There shouldn’t be any controversy, it was just in the heat of the moment.”

Portugal coach Fernando Santos added: “He was angry with the player from Korea and everyone saw that.

“The player was insulting him, telling him to go away (get off the pitch) so that’s why he was angry and everyone saw that. I saw the interaction with the Korean player and have no doubt about it.”

South Korean midfielder Hwang In-beom also attempted to play down the controversy. “I didn’t see it, I was too tired,” he said. I was looking at the ground, so I didn’t see it and I have nothing to say.”

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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