Ronaldo cautioned by police after allegedly slapping phone from fan’s hand – Sporting Life

Cristiano Ronaldo has been warned by British police after footage emerged of the Manchester United striker slapping a phone out of the hand of an Everton fan at a game last season.

The 37-year-old was arrested after the Goodison Park incident on March 9.

Merseyside Police have launched an investigation after a clip circulated online in which Ronaldo appeared to drop the supporter’s mobile phone on the ground as he hobbled towards the tunnel after United’s 1-0 defeat.

The force said in a statement on Wednesday: “We can confirm that a 37-year-old man attended voluntarily and was questioned under caution on allegations of assault and property damage.

“The allegation relates to an incident following the Everton v Manchester United football match on Saturday 9 April at Goodison Park.

“The matter was treated with conditional caution. The matter is now closed.”

Following the incident, Ronaldo apologized on social media for his “outburst” and invited the supporter to watch a game at Old Trafford “as a show of fair play and sportsmanship”.

Speaking on his Instagram account after the game, the Portuguese striker said: “It’s never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments like the one we’re facing.

“Nevertheless, we must always be respectful and patient and lead by example to all young players who love the beautiful game.

“I would like to apologize for my outrage and, if possible, I would like to invite this supporter to watch a game at Old Trafford as a show of fair play and sportsmanship.”

It comes as Ronaldo lashed out at the “lies” surrounding reports about his future at United.

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The Portuguese striker missed the club’s pre-season tour to Thailand and Australia for personal reasons amid speculation about leaving Old Trafford.

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It has been reported that Ronaldo wants to play Champions League football but United claim he is not for sale and remains a permanent part of new boss Erik ten Hag’s plans.

The former Real Madrid star played the full 90 minutes of United’s 4-0 defeat at Brentford on Saturday, which saw them bottom in the Premier League.

In a response to a fan account on Instagram, which referred to a report linking the United frontman to Atletico Madrid, Ronaldo said fans would “learn the truth” in a few weeks, adding: ” The media tells lies.”

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