Cristiano Ronaldo charged by FA over phone incident at Everton in April as Manchester United vow to support striker – who was cautioned by police in August

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged by the Football Association after an incident that occurred after Manchester United’s defeat to Everton in April.

    The Portugal forward, 37, appeared to knock a young supporter’s phone to the ground and subsequently received a caution from Merseyside Police in August.

    Footage showed Ronaldo appearing to throw a 14-year-old’s phone to the floor

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    Footage showed Ronaldo appearing to throw a 14-year-old’s phone to the floor

    Now, the FA have decided to take action and charged Ronaldo with ‘improper and/or violent’ conduct.

    A statement read: “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 on Saturday 9 April 2022.

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

    Ronaldo has previously apologised for his actions and invited the fan to a game at Old Trafford.

    Taking to his Instagram account after the match, the Portuguese striker said: “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.

    Manchester United suffered a 1-0 defeat to Everton on April 9

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    Manchester United suffered a 1-0 defeat to Everton on April 9

    “I would like to apologise 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.”

    In response to the charge against Ronaldo, who has started just once under Erik Ten Hag in the Premier League this season, United said in a statement: “We will be supporting the player.”

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