With the scoring level in their second 2022 World Cup qualifier, it looked like Ronaldo had won a last-second winner for his country when his oblique shot appeared to cross the line before it was erased.
But with no goal line technology available it was not awarded, and before the permanent whistle blast moments later, Ronaldo threw his captain’s armband to the ground in disgust and hurtled down the tunnel.
Speaking to Portuguese media Record, Meira said that while he could understand Ronaldo’s frustration, that did not justify his irritating reaction.
“Cristiano’s reaction is natural, but it is not acceptable for a captain of a national team,” said Meira. “He can’t throw the armband on the ground and go to the locker room while the game continues. This is unacceptable for a player of his importance. ”
“I understand his frustration and agree with him because his goal was valid, but the referees have to make decisions, without VAR, and he has to lead by example.
“The example he gave last night was not good enough. ”
Ronaldo took to social media to explain his reaction after the game and said his nation was “aggrieved” by some of the arbitration decisions going against him.
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Writing on Instagram, the 36-year-old said: “I always give and will give my all for my country, that will never change.
“But there are difficult times to deal with, especially when we feel that an entire nation is affected.
“We’re going to hold our heads up and take on the next challenge now. ”
Portugal will play their third World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday, facing Luxembourg who have won one and have drawn so far in Group A.