Cristiano Ronaldo is accused of inappropriate behavior by the Football Association for slapping a mobile phone by a teenage fan after Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat at Everton in April.
- Cristiano Ronaldo angrily slapped a mobile phone from the hand of Jake Harding, 14, after Manchester United’s loss to Everton last season.
- The attacker has been accused of violating the FA Rule E3 rule regarding inappropriate and/or violent conduct
- The FA charge followed an investigation by Merseyside police that resulted in Ronaldo warning
Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of inappropriate behavior by the Football Association after he slapped a mobile phone from the hand of a teenage fan following Manchester United’s defeat to Everton in April.
Ronaldo has been accused of breaching the FA’s E3 rule regarding inappropriate and/or violent behavior following the incident.
A United statement read: ‘We note the announcement of the FA regarding Cristiano Ronaldo. We will support the player in his response to the charge.
Cristiano Ronaldo was photographed slapping a phone from the hand of a teenage fan at Everton in April
Sarah Kelly says her son Jake Harding, 14, was left with bruises on his hand after the accident.
The FA charge follows a Merseyside police investigation that resulted in Ronaldo warning last month after being questioned over allegations of assault and criminal tort.
Jake Harding, 14, tried to film Ronaldo on his phone limping off the field at Goodison Park after United’s 1-0 defeat.
The Portuguese star slapped the phone angrily from the boy’s fist, leaving his hand bruised according to his mum Sarah Kelly.
Ronaldo apologized on social media and invited the boy to watch a match at Old Trafford as his guest. He wrote: “It is never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments like the ones we face.
However, we always have to be respectful, patient and set an example for all the young people who love this beautiful game.
“I would like to apologize for my outrage and, if possible, would like to invite this fan to watch a game at Old Trafford as a testament to fair play and sportsmanship.”
However, the boy refused Ronaldo’s invitation and his mother also criticized United’s reaction to the incident.
Ronaldo, 37, is now accused of inappropriate behavior by the Football Association
“United took it terribly and made things worse to be honest,” she said. “The way I see it is, if someone assaulted him in the street and then asked us to go to dinner, we wouldn’t.
Just because it’s Cristiano Ronaldo, why do we do that? It’s like we owe him a favor, but I’m sorry, we don’t.
They are not my words, they are my son’s words. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about. I affected him more than I did, so I did everything he had to make his decision. He doesn’t want to go to United, he doesn’t want to go see Ronaldo.