The Football Association (FA) is finally out with their verdict for Cristiano Ronaldo after the Manchester United star was involved in an incident with a teenage fan in the club’s 1-0 loss to Everton in April last season.
The five-time Ballon D’or winner was involved in an incident with a teenage fan in which the star slapped the phone out of the teenage fan’s hand. The FA charged him with violent conduct following the incident and after a conclusion of investigations into the matter.
A statement from Manchester 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 FA’s charge comes on the back of investigations made by Merseyside Police which saw the Manchester United star being cautioned last month.
The teenager, Jake Harding, 14, incurred the wrath of the Portuguese superstar after he tried filming him on his phone as he went off the pitch following Manchester United’s 1-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park.
Cristiano Ronaldo slapped the phone out of Jake Harding’s hand, hurting his hand, according to the teenager’s mother, Sarah Kelly.
Ronaldo later apologized to Jake Harding on social media and had him invited to watch a game at Old Trafford as his guest.
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 and 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.’
However, young Jake rejected Ronaldo’s invitation to watch a game at Old Trafford as his guest, and his mother criticized the star for his path in trying to settle the issue.
‘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.’