The English Football Association has suspended former Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo for two games and fined him for slapping a fan’s phone on his hand after a match in April.
The FA released a statement on Wednesday after an “independent Regulatory Commission” investigated the incident.
“Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for two matches, fined £50,000 and warned of his future conduct for breaching FA Rule E3,” read the statement.
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“The Disciplinary Commission found that his behavior was inappropriate and aggressive during the following hearing, and imposed these sanctions.”
The FA also noted that Ronaldo also admitted that his actions after the April 9 match against Everton FC were “inappropriate.”
The 37-year-old Portuguese player knocked the phone out of a young fan’s hand because he thought the fan was picking at his bloody leg, which was injured in a disappointing loss. He said it was a safety measure.
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But the suspension means something different and Ronaldo admits his actions were wrong.
Ronaldo publicly apologized on Instagram to fans after a video of the incident went viral.
“I would like to apologize for my outburst and, if possible, I would like to invite this supporter to watch the game at Old Trafford as a sign of fair play and fair play,” he wrote.
“It is never easy to deal with emotions in difficult times like the ones we are facing. However, we must always be respectful, patient and set an example for all young people who love the good game.”
Just before Ronaldo’s Portugal begin their tour of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Thursday, Manchester United announced on Tuesday that the two sides have parted ways, following a controversial exchange with Piers Morgan in which the Ballon d’Or winner The six-time d’Or criticized Manchester. United said he felt “betrayed” as senior officials allegedly tried to force him out of the building. He also spoke of “disrespect” for head coach Erik ten Hag.
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Now, Ronaldo’s focus is on his national team in what could be his last World Cup.
“The pressure is almost the same as always,” Ronaldo said when playing with his Portugal team. “I’ve been dealing with it since I was very young. Sometimes I do it well, sometimes I don’t. It depends on the situation, the moment and the temperature. I’m not perfect, but I feel ready to take pressure when I have to.”
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A club interested in signing Ronaldo – and there should be several – will have to account for the suspension when they bring him to their club.