The English Football Association suspended former Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo for two games and fined him for slapping a fan’s phone after a match in April.
The FA released a statement on Wednesday after asking an “independent regulatory commission” to investigate the incident.
“Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for two matches, fined £50,000 and warned about his future conduct for a breach of FA Rule E3,” the statement read.
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“The Regulatory Commission found his conduct to be both inappropriate and violent at a subsequent hearing and imposed these penalties.”
The FA also noted that Ronaldo also believed his actions after the April 9 game against Everton FC were “inappropriate”.
The 37-year-old Portuguese superstar dropped a young fan’s phone because he thought the fan was filming his bloody leg, which was injured in the disappointing defeat. He claimed it was a security act.
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But the suspension clearly says otherwise and Ronaldo admitted his actions were wrong.
Ronaldo publicly apologized via Instagram to the fan after video of the incident went viral.
“I would like to apologize for my outburst and if possible would like to invite this supporter to watch a game at Old Trafford as a sign of fair play and sportsmanship,” he wrote.
“It’s never easy to manage your emotions in difficult times like the one we are going through. Nevertheless, you always have to be respectful, patient and set an example for all young people who love the beautiful game.”
Just before Ronaldo’s Portugal begin their journey to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Thursday, Manchester United announced on Tuesday that the two sides had parted ways, following a controversial interview with Piers Morgan in which the six-time Ballon d’Or winner criticized Manchester. United, saying he felt “betrayed” as senior officials allegedly tried to force him out of the building. He also mentioned having “no respect” for head coach Erik ten Hag.
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Now Ronaldo is focused on his national team in what could be his last World Cup.
“The pressure is more or less the same as usual,” Ronaldo said of playing with his Portugal team. “I’ve been dealing with it since very young. Sometimes I do it well, sometimes I don’t. It depends on the situation, the time and the heat. I’m not perfect, but I feel ready to take the pressure when I have to.”
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A team interested in getting Ronaldo back – and there should be a few – will need to take that suspension into account when bringing him to their building.