Club bosses were reportedly pleased with the 37-year-old’s social media apology for the incident and will not take any further action against the striker
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That Portuguese superstar saw his post-game actions inevitably go viral after being caught on camera knocking a phone out of the hand of a 14-year-old, who filmed the United players leaving the pitch. Emotions were clearly running high after United’s 1-0 defeat which is likely to have a major impact on the remainder of the league season.
Both the FA and Merseyside Police are investigating the incident, with the latter in contact with United and Everton to determine if any type of criminal offense took place. That’s what the FA said the athlete : “We are aware of the incident and will seek observations on the matter from both clubs and the player concerned.”
Later on Saturday, Ronaldo took to social media to apologize for the incident: “It’s never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments like the one we’re facing. Despite this, we must always be respectful and patient and set an example for all young players who love the beautiful game. I would like to apologize for my outburst 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 has now reported that United chiefs have decided not to take any further action against the striker. The Sun allegation club bosses are happy with his apology.
However, Merseyside Police have confirmed the incident is still under investigation and said in a statement: “We can confirm that they are conducting an investigation following an incident at the #EVEMAN game in Goodison involving a player, as they walked off the pitch and will be speaking to everyone involved.”
The mother of the child whose phone appeared to have been smashed has said her son was left in shock and may not attend another game due to the incident. Sarah Kelly explained that she took her 14-year-old son Jake Harding to Goodison for the first time to watch his team and the day started perfectly with Anthony Gordon’s deflected hit, giving the Blues a much-needed three points in the fight against fall.
At Park End, Jake and Sarah sat behind the goal and near the tunnel that home and away players go through at the end of the game. Images showed a frustrated Ronaldo slapping an object out of a fan’s hand.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/cristiano-ronaldo-everton-fan-phone-26682010 Man Utd 'decide not to penalize' Cristiano Ronaldo after he smashed a fan's phone