Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Oh No, Not Again!

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Oh No, Not Again!

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Byline: Eric Paylor

Boro stormed away from Old Trafford last night believing they had been robbed of a potential FA Cup semi-final with Watford.

The fury which surrounded Cristiano's controversial penalty award simmered on and off the pitch.

There were furious scenes on the touchlines when referee Mike Dean awarded a penalty for Jonathan Woodgate's challenge on Ronaldo inside the area.

There were reports of shouts of "Cheat" from the Boro coaching staff, which led to an exchange of words between the two benches, which led to United assistant manager Carlos Quieroz being restrained by colleagues.

Frustrated Boro boss Gareth Southgate said: "It's galling that we have had three penalties given against us in consecutive games against Manchester United.

"They could have all been possibly given, or possibly not. The referee felt this one was and he gave it.

"Ronaldo is a fantastic player and is very, very good at what he does.

"We went into the game believing that we could win it and it's frustrating to lose to a penalty again."

Sir Alex Ferguson took a different view.

He said: "I don't know what they are going on about, it was a clear penalty kick.

"If it had been any other player they would not have bothered, but they have a guilt complex about him.

"It is a shame. They are putting a stigma against the boy that he doesn't deserve."

Ronaldo suggested he was simply "too good" after rejecting suggestions that he had gone to ground too easily to win the penalty.

Ronaldo picked himself up to put the ball beyond Mark Schwarzer from the spot and virtually settle the issue in the 76th minute.

The decision led to stand-offs on and off the pitch which continued to simmer after the final whistle, but Ronaldo was unapologetic for what he believes was a clear foul.

He said: "For me it is a penalty. …

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