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

The Football Association has banned former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo for two matches and fined him for knocking a fan’s phone out of his hand after a match in April.

The FA issued a statement on Wednesday after an “independent regulatory commission” carried out an investigation into the incident.

“Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for two matches and fined £50,000 and warned about his future conduct for breaching FA rule E3,” the statement read.


Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during a press conference in Doha, Qatar on Monday.

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during a press conference in Doha, Qatar on Monday.
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“The Regulatory Commission found his conduct inappropriate and violent in a subsequent hearing, and imposed these sanctions.”

The FA said Ronaldo also believed his actions were “inappropriate” following the game against Everton FC on April 9.

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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, injured in the disappointing loss. He claimed it was a safety move.

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But the suspension clearly says otherwise and Ronaldo admitted his actions were wrong.

After the video of the incident went public, Ronaldo publicly apologized to the fan via Instagram.

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

“It is never easy to deal with emotions in the difficult situations we face. However, we must always be respectful, patient and set an example for all young people who love the beautiful game.”

Ahead of Ronaldo’s Portugal kicking off their 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign in Qatar on Thursday, Manchester United announced on Tuesday that the two sides had parted ways, following a controversial interview with Piers Morgan in which the six-time Ballon d’Or Award winner criticized Manchester. United said he felt “betrayed” as senior officials tried to force him out of the building. He also noted that head coach Erik ten Haag has “no respect”.

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Now, Ronaldo’s focus is on his national team for 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 childhood. Sometimes I do well, sometimes I don’t. It depends on the situation, the moment and the heat. I’m not perfect, but I feel ready to take the pressure. I have to. “

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

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during a Europa League match.
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Any team interested in taking Ronaldo — and there should be several — must account for that suspension when bringing him to their building.


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