EPL Newcastle goalkeeper, Nick Pope opens up on Ronaldo’s disallowed goal. Nick Pope, the goalkeeper for Newcastle United, has criticized Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United following the Portuguese player’s controversial goal for the Red Devils during their Sunday Premier League match.
The England goalie believed that the call by referee Craig Pawson to reverse Ronaldo’s goal was the right one.
After Fabian Schar touched the ball back to the goalkeeper to take a free kick in the second half, Ronaldo and his United colleagues believed they had broken the scoreless tie.
Ronaldo snuck in, dribbled the ball a few yards, and then finished into an open net while Pope remained still and pretended to be waiting for the referee’s instructions.
Despite loud objections from the Red Devils, referee Pawson swiftly brought back the ball and disallowed Ronaldo’s attempt.
Pope told Chronicle Live, “The free-kick was somewhat in the wrong spot and clearly Fabby’s [Schar] rolled it back to me and walked off.
“I believe you can tell from everyone’s body language that he is not intentionally taking a free kick.
“I believe the referee handled it swiftly, and kudos to him for making the proper call and ending it immediately.”
At Old Trafford, however, neither team was able to score, and the game finished scoreless.