Fernando Santos refuses to confirm Cristiano Ronaldo will start against Switzerland

As reported the Guardian, Portugal coach Fernando Santos was unimpressed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s behaviour as he was subsituted during his team’s 2-1 loss to South Korea in the final round of Group H games. Ronaldo’s spot in the team is now in doubt for the last 16 tie with Switzerland tomorrow as a result.

Santos reiterated the the situation has been dealt with after Ronaldo shushed onlookers before being angered as Korean forward Cho Gue-Sung tried to hurry the 37-year-old from the field, leading Ronaldo to say afterwards: “Before my substitution, one of their players was telling me to leave quickly. I told him to shut up, he has no authority, he doesn’t have to say anything.”

Refusing to confirm Ronaldo would start against the Swiss, on the indecent Santos said: “Have I seen the images? Yes, I didn’t like it, not at all. I didn’t like it. I really didn’t like it. But from that moment onwards everything is finished regarding that issue. These matters are resolved behind closed doors. It’s resolved. Full stop on this matter and now everyone is focused on tomorrow’s match.”


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