Ex-Chelsea boss Ranieri blames ref for Falcao's World Cup fears

Monaco head coach Claudio Ranieri was not happy with the referee’s performance during their 3-0 cup victory.

Colombia’s £50m striker Radamel Falcao could miss the World Cup this summer in Brazil following a dreadful looking knee injury during Monaco’s cup victory over Chasselay

Radamel Falcao had previously put Monaco one-nil up in the 29th minute before collapsing in a heap just before half time following a poor challenge from defender Soner Ertek. It looked serious as Monaco’s star player was stretchered off the field, with rumours circling that the injury could be knee ligament damage.

The tackle itself was needless, the defender lunging in from behind when the ball was clearly out of reach. The Colombian’s coach Claudio Ranieri was certainly not pleased, blasting the referee for his inability to control the game and offer protection to his striker, adding:

“If Radamal Falcao is seriously injured, it’s on the referee,”

“I just want to say one thing, I know that when you play a ‘smaller’ team, they will play really hard, it’s normal and I told it to my players.

“But it’s not possible that the referee whistles for every foul but never gave a yellow card to anybody.

“The referee needs to see when there is a foul, and award the free-kick, and when it’s really hard, it’s a yellow card for the first one and a red card for the second one.

“Tonight, I did not see that from the referee.”

Falcao arrived in Monaco last summer in a blockbuster transfer deal following a successful stint at Atletico Madrid. The 27-year-old has netted 9 Ligue 1 goals in 16 appearances, helping the side to second place in the league and a probable Champions League place for next season.

The news will not only disappoint Monaco fans but additionally his nation. Falcao was prolific as he helped Colombia qualify for Brazil 2014, therefore it would be an awful shame for all involved if he joins fellow Ligue 1 striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in missing out on football’s greatest tournament.

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