– Cristiano Ronaldo has been hit with an English Football Association (FA) charge for an incident after the final whistle following Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Everton in April.
– Video footage appeared to show Ronaldo slapping a mobile phone out of a supporter’s hand as he made his way back to the dressing room.
– The 37-year-old was cautioned by police in August and has now been charged with “improper and/or violent conduct” by the FA.
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– A statement released by the FA on Friday read: “Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E33 for an incident that took place after Manchester United FC’s Premier League match against Everton FC on Saturday 9 April 2022.
– “It is alleged that the forward’s conduct after the final whistle was improper and/or violent.”
– United issued a statement shortly afterward that read: “We note the FA announcement in relation to Cristiano Ronaldo. We will be supporting the player in his response to the charge.”
– Following the incident at Goodison Park, Merseyside Police began their own investigation, which was concluded in August when Ronaldo was issued a caution.
– A statement from Merseyside Police on Aug. 17 read: “We can confirm that a 37-year-old man voluntarily attended and was interviewed under caution in relation to an allegation of assault and criminal damage.
– “The allegation relates to an incident following the Everton v Manchester United football match at Goodison Park on Saturday April 9.
– “The matter has been dealt with by way of conditional caution. The matter has now concluded.”
– Sources have told that if Ronaldo is found at fault by the FA, he could face a warning, fine or suspension.