Ex-Chelsea and Liverpool star Raul Meireles receives no punishment for ref gesture

The ex-Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder was pictured making the gesture moments after Pepe had been sent off.

However, despite outrage on social media, Meireles was raising his index fingers – not his middle fingers.

A FIFA spokeswoman said: ”After analysis of the matter, in particular a review of the official video footage, the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has considered that there is no element justifying the opening of disciplinary proceedings,”

The Portugal FA claim Meireles made the gesture to explain tactics with a team-mate and insist it was not aimed at the referee.