Having failed to clear Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal against Serbia, assistant referee Mario Diks has been dropped from the Netherland’s Europ 2020 officiating team.
The assistant referee has confirmed that Danny Makkelie has dropped him from the Netherlands’ officiating team for this summer’s European Championship.
Mario Diks failed to signal to Makkelie before the referee ruled out Cristiano Ronaldo’s match-winning goal in a World Cup qualifying campaign between Serbia and Portugal last month, as the game later ended in a 2-2 draw.
Upon Stefan Mitrovic’s effort to clear Ronaldo’s goal-bound attempt, TV replays and images showed the ball had crossed the goal-line. However, as there was no goal-line technology, and Diks hadn’t signaled to him, Danny Makkelie refused to allow Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal.
After apologizing to Ronaldo and Portugal after the match, the Dutchman has subsequently moved to drop his assistant of the night in Mario Diks from his team for this summer’s European Championship.
“This is a very, very big disappointment for me so close to the European Championship,” the assistant referee, Mario Diks told Omrop Fryslan.
“On Wednesday, March 31, I heard from Makkelie that he wants to continue with another assistant because the confidence in our collaboration has gone.”
“I was really hoping for more support, understanding and trust after the successful collaboration over the years.”
For now, Jan de Vries has replaced Diks in the Netherlands’ officiating team. Makkelie, though, has refused to confirm whether he dropped Diks due to the Ronaldo goal error.