In April, the Football Association handed former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo a two-match ban and fine for slapping a fan’s phone after a match.
The FA released a statement on Wednesday after an “independent regulatory commission” launched an investigation into the matter.
“Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for two matches, fined £50,000 and the FA has warned him that he may do so in the future for breaching E3,” the statement read.
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“During a subsequent hearing, the regulatory commission determined that the conduct was inappropriate and disruptive and imposed these sanctions.”
The FA also said it believed Ronaldo’s actions following the match against Everton FC on April 9 were “inappropriate”.
The 37-year-old Portuguese star knocked the phone out of a young fan’s hand after he thought the fan was filming his bloody leg in a tragic loss. He said it was a safety measure.
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But the suspension clearly says otherwise and Ronaldo admits his actions were wrong.
After the video of the accident went viral, Ronaldo publicly apologized to a fan on Instagram.
“I would like to apologize for the outburst and, if possible, invite this fan to watch the game at Old Trafford, a symbol of fair play and sportsmanship,” he wrote.
“It is not easy to deal with emotions in the difficult times we are facing. However, we must always be respectful, patient and an example to all young people who love the beautiful game.”
Ahead of Ronaldo’s Portugal starting their 2022 FIFA World Cup tour in Qatar on Thursday, Manchester United announced their split on Tuesday. “You betrayed me,” United said, as senior officials tried to remove him from the building. He mentioned that he had “no respect” for his head coach, Erik ten Haag.
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Now, Ronaldo’s focus is on the 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 the Portugal team. “I’ve been dating 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 accept the pressure. I’ll see later.”
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Teams interested in signing Ronaldo – and there must be a few – should take that restriction into account when bringing him into their building.