Real’s Ronaldo urges Madridistas to be more like United fans

CRISTIANO RONALDO has asked the Real Madrid fans to be more like those of Manchester United.

The Portugal international moved to Spain from Old Trafford for a world record fee over the summer.

“We know that we have to entertain but sometimes it isn’t possible,” Ronaldo said.

“We always try but sometimes, when the team isn’t playing well, the fans could give us more support.

“The Manchester United fans, for example, were very intimidating for Liverpool and Manchester City.

“I think if our supporters tried to do the same, it would be a lot better for everyone and would give the players a big boost.”

Madrid’s expensively-assembled team struggled to gel at the start of the season but now sit two points behind Primera Division leaders Barcelona after a run of six wins in seven games.

Meanwhile, Italy’s former leading referee Pierluigi Collina has clarified he is not in favour of the use of video officials.

Collina appeared to come out in favour of video evidence in an interview published in Tuesday’s La Gazzetta dello Sport but he later clarified his comments.

“It was provocation made by someone with referees’ interests at heart, not a supporter of technology,” said Collina, who now appoints officials for Italian games.

“Referees are blamed because they are unable to see what can be shown by technology that has made giant steps forward. No matter how prepared referees are and how hard they work, they will never be able to compete with technology.

“Either we understand this and accept that referees make mistakes or, and here is the provocation, we give referees the same instruments as those who judge them.

“The only solution is a cultural development that leads to the acceptance of human errors.”

Collina had been reported as supporting the use of video officials.

“I’ll make a provocation,” he told Gazzetta. “At this point we might as well use technology, otherwise the referee is the only one who has to decide with his own eyes, while everyone else assesses things with increasingly perfect technology.”

He added that referees would have “no reason to reject” the introduction of video officials as it would help them avoid career-threatening mistakes.

Collina cited the example of Swedish referee Martin Hansson, who missed Thierry Henry’s handball in the build-up to a goal in a World Cup playoff in November which enabled France to reach the finals in South Africa at Ireland’s expense.


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