Referee Admitted It Was A Foul But Refused To Award– Mikel Claims

By Ikenga Chronicles June 27, 2018

Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has revealed that centre referee Cuneyt Cakir had admitted that the incident with Rojo was a foul.

Odion Ighalo made a desperate appeal for a penalty, with Cakir consulting VAR but needing only one replay to dismiss the claim, with Rojo having headed the ball into his arm.

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Speaking to the media after the game, as cited in BBC Sports, the former Chelsea midfielder said: “It was a clear penalty for me. If you look at the Portugal game yesterday, this wasn’t close to that. This was worse. We have seen it again in the dressing room. It was a clear handball.

“The referee looked at the VAR. He said it hit the hand. I asked why he didn’t give the penalty, but he said he didn’t know

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“We will be really ready for the next World Cup. This team will do great things. It’s a shame we couldn’t continue the amazing journey we’ve had.” said Mikel

Nigeria were defeated 2-1 and crashed out of the tournament while Argentina proceeded to the second round.

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