Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United forward charged by FA over fan phone incident

Ronaldo appeared to have thrown a young fan’s phone to the ground while walking through the tunnel at Goodison Park on April 9 this year.

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo has been sued by the Football Association over footage of him snatching a fan’s phone.

A video was shared on social media along with comments saying he smashed the device while leaving the field. He lost 1-0 at Everton in April

Ronaldo, 37, later apologized on social media.

It was the police warned about what happened in August.

“They believe the striker’s behavior after the final whistle was inappropriate and/or violent,” the FA said in a statement.

Manchester United said it would stand by Ronaldo in response to the charge.

Defeat at Everton dealt a blow to United’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. They got sixth place.

in one Instagram postexternal link after the incident, Ronaldo said “it has never been easy to deal with emotions in the difficult times we are facing”.

And he added: “However, we must always be respectful, patient and role models for all young people who love the beautiful game.

“I would like to apologize for my outburst and, if possible, invite this supporter to watch a game at Old Trafford as a sign of fair play and sportsmanship.”

“A problem Ronaldo could do without” – analysis

BBC Sport’s Simon Stone:

This is an unprecedented case and is considered non-standard, so there will be a hearing on whether Ronaldo accepts the charge.

It can result in anything from a warning to a suspension.

Tottenham player Eric Dier was banned for four games two years ago He went into the stands to confront a fan who was in an argument with a family member.

It’s a problem Ronaldo could do without after a difficult summer in which he secured his coveted move to a Champions League club and started the season on the bench under new manager Erik ten Hag.

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