Sir Alex Ferguson has been quick insist over the past year that Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer the type to dive for penalties, although his pathetic dive at Chelsea may suggest Fergie isn’t totally right with his assertion.
However, even from the stands on Saturday, as clear as it was not a penalty, it was equally obvious that Ronaldo hadn’t dived. Of course, morons on football forums were quick to point the finger, blinded by their hatred of Ronaldo, but the general opinion in the press was Ronaldo hadn’t done anything untoward.
Bolton captain, Kevin Nolan, has today spoken out about the penalty incident, confirming what we already knew.
“Ronaldo was on the floor saying, “I didn’t want a penalty!” said Nolan. “I don’t think one of them put their hands up asking for a penalty. Fletcher’s going, “It’s not a penalty”, Tevez is going, “It’s not a penalty”. Twenty players who were in the box at the time knew it wasn’t a penalty. But the man who was in black had the final say. They couldn’t believe their luck.”
Any explanations as to why it happened?
“It does strike fear into you when you look at this magnificent stadium,” he added. “Maybe that’s what’s happened to the referee. He said he thought JLloyd took Ronaldo before the ball. It didn’t make sense to me at all. But I can’t say too much or I’m going to get done by the FA.”