Cristiano Ronaldo is charged with improper conduct by the FA for slapping a mobile phone out of teenage fan’s hand after Manchester United’s defeat at Everton in April
- Cristiano Ronaldo angrily slapped a mobile phone out of the hands of Jake Harding, 14, after Manchester United lost to Everton last season
- The forward has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 relating to improper and/or violent conduct
- The FA charge follows an investigation by Merseyside Police which resulted in Ronaldo being cautioned
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.’
Cristiano Ronaldo was filmed slapping a phone out of a teenage fan’s hand at Everton in April
Sarah Kelly says that her son Jake Harding, 14, was left with a bruised hand after the incident
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.
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.
‘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.’
However, the boy rejected Ronaldo’s invitation and his mother also criticised United’s response to the incident.
Ronaldo, 37, has now been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association
‘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.’