“If someone scores, congratulations. But it was really a gift. Really a gift,” Edo said. “What more can I say? (It) was a special gift from the referee.”
Addo’s criticism of American referee Ismail Elfath was so direct that it could get him in trouble with FIFA.
When asked what was the reason for Ghana’s narrow defeat, Addo replied: “The referee.”
Addo Ghana defender felt Mohammed Salisu Ronaldo was not fouled for the penalty, and he complained that Officials did not use VAR ensure. Salisu’s thigh appeared to make slight contact with Ronaldo’s leg before the Portugal captain fell to the ground.
Ronaldo, 37, who was making his last World Cup start, converted the penalty in his piece of history.
“I think it was really the wrong decision,” Addo said. “I don’t know why VAR didn’t come on. There’s no explanation for me. And it’s difficult against a world-class team when they’re leading.”
Edo is a 47-year-old former Ghana player in his first international coaching job and his first World Cup. He said he tried to meet with Elfath after the game and asked him about the incident. Addo also complained that Elfath committed several fouls on his players.
“I tried,” said Edo. “I asked some people outside FIFA if I could speak to the referee in a calm and composed manner but they said he was in a meeting and that was not possible.”