Cristiano Ronaldo accused of improper conduct by the FA for smashing a mobile phone from a teenage fan’s hand after Manchester United’s defeat to Everton in April
- Cristiano Ronaldo angrily smashed a mobile phone from Jake Harding, 14, after Manchester United lost to Everton last season
- The attacker has been charged with a violation of FA Rule E3 regarding inappropriate and/or violent conduct
- The FA charge follows an investigation by Merseyside Police which led to Ronaldo being warned
Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged by the FA for improper conduct after he smashed a mobile phone from a teenage fan’s hand after Manchester United’s defeat to Everton in April.
Ronaldo has been charged with a violation of FA Rule E3 regarding inappropriate and/or violent conduct following the incident.
A statement from United read: “We take note of the FA’s announcement regarding Cristiano Ronaldo. We will support the player in his response to the charges.”
Cristiano Ronaldo was filmed smashing a phone out of a teenage fan’s hand at Everton in April
Sarah Kelly says her son Jake Harding, 14, had a bruised hand after the incident
The FA charges follow an investigation by Merseyside police that led to Ronaldo being warned last month after being interviewed over allegations of assault and criminal damage.
Jake Harding (14) tried to film Ronaldo on his phone as he limped off the field at Goodison Park after United’s 1-0 defeat.
The Portuguese star angrily knocked the phone out of the boy’s grasp and left it with a bruised hand, according to his mother Sarah Kelly.
Ronaldo apologized on social media and invited the boy to watch a game at Old Trafford as a guest. He wrote: ‘It is never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments like the ones we face.
Nevertheless, we must always be respectful and patient and set the example for all young people who love the beautiful game.
“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.”
However, the boy turned down Ronaldo’s invitation and his mother also criticized United’s reaction to the incident.
Ronaldo, 37, has now been accused of improper conduct by the Football Association
“United have done a terrible job and it has only made things worse to be honest,” she said. “The way I see it, if someone assaulted him in the street and then asked us to go out to dinner, we wouldn’t.
“Why should we do it because he’s Cristiano Ronaldo? It’s like we owe him a favor, but I’m sorry, we don’t.
“It’s not my words, it’s my son’s words. After all, that’s what it’s all about. It affected him more than me, so I gave everything to him to make his own decision. He doesn’t want to go to United, he doesn’t want to go to Ronaldo.’