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Cristiano Ronaldo: Why I Handled

  • Guardian, Tuesday, December 2, 2008 2 PM
"[Wayne] Rooney knocked in a corner, I jumped and that was when I heard a shout from [City defender Micah] Richards and simultaneously the sound of a whistle. At that moment I was convinced that the referee had whistled for a foul. I stopped trying to head the ball and score a goal, and I grabbed the ball so Richards could get help ... I tried to explain what had happened but he [referee Howard Webb] didn't want to listen. I hadn't done anything wrong. I heard the whistle so I took the initiative to stop the match." Cristiano Ronaldo's lengthy explanation as to why he handled the ball during Sunday's game at Manchester City direct from a corner, causing him to receive a second yellow card.



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