Cristiano Ronaldo, star player and household name, was charged with “improper and/or violent” conduct last week for an incident that happened five months ago. Manchester United lost against Everton in a 1-0 score and on 9th April, it was shown that he knocked a fan’s smartphone down to the ground.
Merseyside Police had issued a warning towards Ronaldo for the incident. He could stand a chance to be suspended from all Premier League games if he is proven guilty with the charge. Currently he has played in only one full league game during the start of this season under Erik ten Hag.
A FA spokesperson stated, “Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 for an incident that took place after Manchester United FC’s Premier League match against Everton on Saturday 9 April 2022.“
“It is alleged that the forward’s conduct after the final whistle was improper and/or violent.”
Manchester United then made a statement by saying, “We note the FA announcement in relation to Cristiano Ronaldo.
“We will be supporting the player in response to the charge.”
According to the British press, Ronaldo appeared to have knocked over an autistic teenager’s phone. Later he apologised to the 14-year-old child for his behaviour. Ronaldo played the entire 90 minutes of the match and Manchester United still lost the game. They finished outside of the Champions League positions after losing five out of eight final games.
The Merseyside Police then stated, “We can confirm that a 37-year-old man voluntarily attended and was interviewed under caution in relation to an allegation of assault and criminal damage.”
“The allegation relates to an incident following the Everton v Manchester United football match at Goodison Park on Saturday 9 April.
“The matter has been dealt with by way of conditional caution. The matter has now concluded.”
“At full-time the United players started walking off. We were right by the tunnel – my son was there, videoing them all. Ronaldo then just walked past, with a terrible, terrible temper, and smashed the phone out of his hand,” the mother of the child involved said at the time.
“You can see by the bruise that he’s made contact. I was crying, I was shook up, Jacob was in complete shock – he’s autistic and he’s got dyspraxia as well, so he didn’t really digest what was happening until he’s come home. He’s really upset and it’s put him off going to the game again. We had an absolutely brilliant day up until those final few seconds.”