FA charged Cristiano Ronaldo with improper conduct for slapping mobile phone out of teenage fan’s hand after Manchester United’s defeat to Everton in April

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The Football Association issued the following statement this Friday afternoon:”Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 for an incident that took place after Manchester United FC’s Premier League match against Everton FC on Saturday 9 April 2022.

“It is alleged that the forward’s conduct after the final whistle was improper and/or violent.”

The FA charge follows an investigation by Merseyside Police which resulted in Ronaldo being cautioned last month after he was interviewed over allegations of assault and criminal damage.

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Jake Harding, 14, tried to film Ronaldo on his phone as he limped off the pitch at Goodison Park following United’s 1-0 defeat.

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 apologised on social media and invited the boy 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.

Manchester United have issued the following comment: “We note the FA announcement in relation to Cristiano Ronaldo.

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“We will be supporting the player in response to the charge.

“Cristiano is currently away with Portugal as they prepare for UEFA Nations League games against Czech Republic tomorrow (Saturday) and Spain on Tuesday.

Manchester United’s next Premier League outing is the Manchester derby, which takes place at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday 2 October.

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