Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged with ‘inappropriate and/or violent’ conduct by the Football Association following an incident relating to the Manchester United striker’s behavior at Everton last season.
Video footage showed Ronaldo appearing to drop a fan’s mobile phone after United’s 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park on April 9, for which the Portuguese were given a warning by Merseyside Police.
Now the FA have decided to investigate the incident and a spokesperson said on Twitter: “Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged with breaching FA Rule E3 for an incident which occurred after the match. Premier League match Manchester United FC v Everton on Saturday 9th April 2022.
A police statement in August at the time he was notified said the incident was considered closed after Ronaldo “voluntarily” spoke to the force.
“It is alleged that the striker’s conduct after the final whistle was inappropriate and/or violent.”
“We can confirm that a 37-year-old male voluntarily presented himself and was questioned on bail regarding an allegation of assault and criminal damage,” a statement read.
“The allegation relates to an incident following the Everton football match against Manchester United at Goodison Park on Saturday April 9.
“The matter was dealt with on a conditional prudence basis. The matter is now closed.”
In response to the incident, Ronaldo offered the fan in question a trip to watch Manchester United and apologized for his behaviour.
“It’s never easy to deal with emotions in difficult times like the one we’re facing,” he said on his social media accounts. “However, we must always be respectful, patient and set an example for all young people who love the beautiful game. I would like to apologize 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.
Responding to the accusation against Ronaldo, who has only started once under Erik Ten Hag in the Premier League this season, United said in a statement: “We will support the player.”
Additional reports per AP