Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged with improper conduct by the FA. The Manchester United striker slapped a mobile phone out of a teenage fan’s hand in the last season’s game against Everton which his team lost.
Ronaldo has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 relating to improper and/or violent conduct following the incident.
A statement from United read: ‘We note the FA announcement in relation to Cristiano Ronaldo. We will be supporting the player in his response to the charge.
The action was taken after an investigation by Merseyside Police. Ronaldo was cautioned last month after he was interviewed over allegations of assault and criminal damage.
After the incident, the teenager limped off the pitch at Goodison Park.
Jake Harding, 14, tried to film Ronaldo while he was returning to the dressing room after 1-0 defeat against Everton.
The Portugal star angrily slapped the phone out of the boy’s grasp, leaving him with a bruised hand according to his mother Sarah Kelly.
Ronaldo took to social media to apologise for his act
Ronaldo took to social media to apologise for his act. He also invited the boy to watch a game at Old Trafford as his guest.
However, the boy rejected the invitation and his mother criticised the Portugal superstar’s response to the incident.
Ronaldo wrote: 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 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.’
According to the teen’s mother, she was disappointed with the way the United star handled the incident.
‘United have handled it terribly and it’s just made things even 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 around for dinner, we wouldn’t.
‘Just because he’s Cristiano Ronaldo, why would we do it? It’s like we owe him a favour, but I’m sorry, we don’t.
‘They’re not my words, they’re my son’s words. At the end of the day, this is what it’s about. It’s affected him more than it’s affected me, so I have put everything to him to make his own mind up on. He doesn’t want to go to United, he doesn’t want to go to see Ronaldo.’