Following the release of video showing the Manchester United forward appearing to slam a phone out of an Everton fan’s hand during a game last season, British police have warned Cristiano Ronaldo.
Following the altercation at Goodison Park on April 9, the 37-year-old was questioned by police regarding a claim of assault and criminal damage.
Following United’s 1-0 defeat, a video showing Ronaldo appearing to knock a supporter’s cellphone on the ground as he limped into the tunnel prompted Merseyside Police to open an inquiry.
“We can confirm that a 37-year-old male voluntarily came and was interrogated under caution in relation to an allegation of assault and criminal damage,” the force stated in a statement on Wednesday.
The incident allegedly occurred after the Saturday, April 9 football game between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park.
Ronaldo apologised on social media for his “outburst” and extended an invitation to the fan to see a match at Old Trafford “as a sign of fair-play and sportsmanship” following the incident. After the game, the Portuguese forward posted on his Instagram: “Managing emotions in trying circumstances like the one we are in is never simple.
However, we must constantly show patience, respect, and lead by example for all the young people who adore the wonderful game.
As a gesture of good faith and sportsmanship, I would like to apologise for my outburst and, if it is feasible, invite this fan to witness a game at Old Trafford.” Ronaldo called the rumours concerning his future at United, which is having trouble, “false,” as they were being reported.