2022 FIFA World Cup is currently taking place in Qatar, and retired Ghanaian referee Joseph Wellington has criticized American referee Ismail Elfath’s choice to award a questionable penalty to Portugal against Ghana.
After refusing to take a second look at the VAR monitor to assess Mohammed Salisu’s challenge on Cristiano Ronaldo, the 40-year-old American of Moroccan descent found himself in the center of the controversy.
Portugal defeated the opponent 3-2.
In an interview with the media, Referee Wellington said the decision made by the American referee was unfortunate and called on authorities to have a look at it again.
He said, “It wasn’t the right decision. Refereeing today has been made easy following the introduction of VAR. So, if you are not very sure of it, just go for a consultation,” he added.
He also commended the Black Stars for their splendid performance against the Portuguese.
“The Black Stars did very well, though they were a bit nervous in the early stages of the game, they came up stronger in the game,” he said.
Ghana would take on South Korea on Monday, November 28, in their search for a qualification slot to the next stage of the competition.