Former Manchester United star critical of referees – They were clear goals

Mexico Football Team saluting crowd

Rio Ferdinand seems appalled at the refereeing standards that have been on show so far at the World Cup in Brazil.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has criticised the referees for their performance during the World Cup game between Mexico and Cameroon.

The match ended in a 1-0 win for the Mexicans at Arena das Dunas in Natal on Friday, but there could have been two more goals for El Tri.

On both occasions, it was the former Tottenham Hotspur attacking midfielder Giovani dos Santos who was denied. First, the 25-year-old saw his left-footed volleyed ruled out for offside, and then he had his header from a corner chalked off.

Both goals seemed to be legitimate and the decisions could have had a negative effect on Mexico, had Oribe Peralta not scored what proved to be the winning goal just past the hour mark.

But he did, and Mexico can now revel in the victory that could prove crucial in them progressing to the last 16 from Group A. However, Ferdinand was not pleased with the displays of the match officials and made his opinion known on social networking site Twitter.

Ferdinand also praised his former United teammate Javier Hernandez before the match. The 26-year-old was named on the bench for Mexico because of his poor form and lack of match action for the Red Devils this past season.

Hernandez did eventually come on in place of Peralta in the 74th minute, but failed to score. Not that it affected Mexico, as they ascertained the three points with a 1-0 win in their World Cup opener.

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