Fernando Santos, coach of Portugal, revealed his dissatisfaction with Cristiano Ronaldo’s behavior when he left the field against South Korea.
Santos also refused to guarantee Ronaldo would lead Portugal in their last-16 clash against Switzerland on Tuesday.
But he claims the former Manchester United star was dealt with after the incident and considers the case closed.
Asked about replacing Ronaldo at a news conference on Monday, Santos said: “Did you see the pictures? Yeah, I didn’t like it, not at all. I didn’t like it. I really didn’t like it.”
But from that moment on, it was all over with regard to this case.
These matters are resolved behind closed doors. Solved. A complete stop in this matter and now everyone is focused on tomorrow’s game.”
Ronaldo reacted furiously after Santos sent him off in the second half against South Korea last Friday.
He put his finger to his lips as he left the field and later claimed that he was provoked by opposition striker Cho Goo-sung for telling him to speed up his exit.
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