Iceland players & staff abused Cristiano Ronaldo, claims Portugal coach

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Portugal boss Fernando Santos has hit back at claims that Cristiano Ronaldo was being unsporting when he criticised Iceland after their 1-1 draw, accusing the international minnows of abusing his star players throughout the 90 minutes.

Ronaldo refused to shake the hands of his opponents following the shock stalemate and then accused Iceland of having a small-time mentality after celebrating as if they had won the tournament.

"Portugal tried to play football and tried to win the game," said the 31-year-old Real Madrid star. "Iceland didn't try anything. I thought they'd won the Euros the way they celebrated at the end."


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He also refused to give his shirt to Aron Gunnarsson, inspiring a lot of criticism over his lack of sportsmanship.

However, it appears as though Ronaldo had a right to be upset, at least according to Santos. He accused Iceland of winding up the forward as well as defender Pepe throughout the 90 minutes.

Ronaldo provoked

Santos told reporters: "When people talk about fair play sometimes it makes me want to laugh.

"When we talk about other people's reaction in Portugal we say if you don't feel you are not really a good person.

"After what the Iceland manager and some players said and did for 90 minutes - they booed Pepe and Ronaldo - and the players on the bench kept heckling Pepe, people will respond the way they can, in a very emotional way.

"You should always have fair play and I have always played fair. In the post-match press conference, I made no comments or statements or provocations.

"But I don't think you should bring up fair play after other people have shown a lack of fair play. In terms of yellow cards we've been exemplary."

Swap shirts? Who are you?

Gunnerson immediately went over to Ronaldo following the conclusion of the match and was seen asking to swap shirts as a memento. It has since been claimed by lip readers that Ronaldo scathingly replied "Swap shirts? Who are you?", before storming off the pitch with an incredulous look on his face.

Emotions continued to boil over in the mixed zone with Ronaldo saying: "When they don't try to play and just defend, defend, defend, this shows a small mentality and they are not going to do anything in the competition.

"They scored a goal, they created two chances in the 90 minutes and otherwise they got every player behind the ball, they put the bus in the net.

"They were just playing on the counter-attack. It was a lucky night for them. We should have three points but we are OK."

Portugal's are still favourites to qualify from their group ande face Austria on Saturday.

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