Cristiano Ronaldo suspended 2 games for ‘improper’ conduct in April match

The English Football Association has suspended former Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo for two games and fined him for slapping a fan’s phone from his hand after a game in April.

The FA released a statement on Wednesday after an “independent regulatory commission” carried out an investigation into 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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Cristiano Ronaldo reacts at a press conference in Doha, Qatar, on Monday.

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts at a press conference in Doha, Qatar, on Monday.
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“The Regulatory Commission found his conduct to be both improper and egregious during a further hearing, and imposed the sanctions.”

The FA also noted that Ronaldo also believed that his actions after the April 9 game against Everton FC was “impossible.”

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The 37-year-old Portuguese superstar knocked the phone out of a young fan’s hand because he thought the fan was filming his bloody leg, which was injured in the disappointing loss. He claimed it was an act of safety.

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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 the video of the incident went viral.

“I would like to apologize for my outburst and, if possible, I would like to invite the supporter to watch a game at Old Trafford as a sign of fair play and sportsmanship,” he wrote.

“It is 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 an example for all the youngsters who love the beautiful game.”

Just before Ronaldo’s Portugal begin their 2022 FIFA World Cup tour in Qatar on Thursday, Manchester United announced on Tuesday that the two parties have parted ways, which comes after a controversial interview with Piers Morgan in which the six-time Ballon d’Or Award winner criticized Manchester. United, saying he felt “consulted” as senior officials allegedly tried to force him out of the building. He also mentioned that he has “no respect” for head coach Erik ten Hag.

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Now, Ronaldo’s focus is on his national team in what could be his last World Cup.

“The pressure is more or less the same as always,” Ronaldo said of playing with his Portugal team. “I’ve been dealing with it since a very young age. Sometimes I do well, sometimes not. It depends on the situation, moment and heat. I’m not perfect, but I feel ready to take on the pressure when I have to.”

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts in a Europa League match.

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts in a Europa League match.
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A team interested in signing Ronaldo – and there should be several – will have to take the suspension into account when bringing him into their building.



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