The Football Association have charged Portugal and Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo with “improper and/or violent” conduct, after a video footage emerged appearing to show him knocking a fan’s mobile phone to the ground.
The incident happened after Manchester United lost 1-0 away to Everton defeat at Goodison Park on 9th April, after which the Portuguese international was cautioned by Merseyside Police but now the Football Association has decided to probe the incident.
A spokesperson revealed on Twitter: “Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3…It is alleged that the forward’s conduct after the final whistle was improper and/or violent.”
After the incident, which occurred when Ronaldo was making his way towards the tunnel, the 37-year-old issued a social-media apology for his “outburst” and invited the supporter to watch a game at Old Trafford “as a sign of fair play and sportsmanship”.
Ronaldo took to his Instagram account after the match to apologize. He wrote: “It’s never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments such as the one we are facing. Nevertheless, we always have to be respectful, patient and set the example for all the youngsters who love the beautiful game.
“I would like to apologise for my outburst and, if possible, I would like to invite this supporter to watch a game at Old Trafford as a sign of fair-play and sportsmanship.”
But the boy’s mother Sarah Kelly claimed it was her 14-year-old son Jake – who has autism – who Ronaldo “assaulted” and declined the offer.
In response to the FA charge against Ronaldo, who has started just once under Erik Ten Hag in the Premier League this season, United said in a statement: “We will be supporting the player.”