Portugal coach hails Ronaldo, criticises pitch invaders

Sports Sunday 23/June/2024 15:38 PM
Portugal coach hails Ronaldo, criticises pitch invaders

Berlin: Portugal coach Roberto Martinez has heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo for his unselfishness during their 3-0 victory over Turkey at Euro 2024, but was not amused at all over several pitch invaders who tried to take a selfie with the superstar.

"Today we saw that the intentions of the fans were good. But you have to careful when the intentions are bad. It should not happen on the field of play," Martinez said.

The incidents started when a little boy ran onto the Dortmund pitch midway through the second half with a mobile phone in his hand, reached superstar Ronaldo in the centre circle, and a smiling Ronaldo bent down for the selfie with the boy.

Stewards were more alert when four adults also invaded the pitch, the last one after the final whistle, and Ronaldo also visibly had enough of it. Team-mate Gonçalo Ramos was tripped by a steward who was chasing the last pitch invader.