Cristiano Ronaldo silent about future after Portugal's Confed Cup win
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 4:20
Federation Internationale de Football Association said on Tuesday it had warned the FMF about the misconduct of a "small group of Mexican fans in relation to insulting and discriminatory chants" during Sunday's 2-2 draw against Portugal.
Mexico scored twice in a busy second-half performance to overcome New Zealand 2-1 and destroy the All Whites dreams of securing their first Confederations Cup victory at the 11th attempt.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the reigning world player of the year, is the biggest star at the Confederations Cup.
"What fans have been waiting for over so many years is finally happening", Infantino said, adding that video review been tested in games for less than one year "is the future of modern football". "But we have to be careful because I don't think people understand this new rule really well". However, it is still unclear if this technology will be used in the next World Cup or be scrapped.
Portugal and Ronaldo will take on hosts Russian Federation in Moscow in their next Group A fixture this Wednesday, and a win would be enough to see them occupy top spot in the group.
The on-pitch fracas involved so many players that the referee had to go to touchline to assess the skirmishes on a screen, rather than just relying on video replay assistants.
It speaks volumes about Portugal's squad depth that they could afford to leave players like playmaker Bernardo Silva out of their starting XI for the 2-2 draw with Mexico on Sunday.
Cristiano Ronaldo heads the ball beyond Igor Akinfeev to score Portugal's winning goal after just eight minutes. Fernando Santos' European champions were moments away from opening their campaign with a win, only for Hector Moreno to snatch a 91st-minute leveller.
Portugal defender Pepe had a goal disallowed for offside after a referral to VAR against Mexico, while Chile forward Eduardo Vargas had a strike correctly ruled out for a very marginal offside against Cameroon. Mexico has been sanctioned eight times over the same gay slurs by fans in the current World Cup qualifying campaign by global soccer's governing body.