The Football Association has given Cristiano Ronaldo a two-game suspension and a £50,000 fine after he smashed a fan’s phone at Everton.
After being released from Manchester United on Tuesday, the 37-year-old, who is now a free agent, got into a fight with the 14-year-old on April 9 at Goodison Park following a 1-0 loss. Merseyside Police issued him with a caution.
The forward for Portugal was also accused of misconduct by the FA, and an independent panel imposed a severe suspension and fine.
When Ronaldo joins a new club in any nation, the ban will be extended, but he will not participate in the World Cup.
The FA issued a statement that read:For violating FA rule E3, Cristiano Ronaldo has been given a warning about his future behavior, a two-match suspension, a £50,000 fine, and a two-match suspension.
“The forward acknowledged that his behavior on Saturday, April 9, 2022, after the final whistle of the Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Everton FC was improper.
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“During a subsequent hearing, an independent regulatory commission determined that his conduct was both improper and violent, and it imposed these sanctions.”
In an effort to avoid suspension, Ronaldo had accepted the FA charge but requested a personal hearing.
Ronaldo claimed that he had “legitimate concern… for his own physical safety and well-being and leaving the field of play” when he approached the tunnel where Everton fans were congregating during the independent hearing on November 8.
The panel, on the other hand, rejected the claim because it was an “act born of frustration and annoyance rather than fear or concern for his wellbeing,” the panel said.
The FA’s argument that Ronaldo should be banned for three games was also rejected by the panel.
Following Ronaldo’s departure from Old Trafford on Tuesday, which has left him without a club, it is unknown whether or not the suspension will be served.
He will be required to serve a domestic sanction of two games if he joins another team under the FA’s jurisdiction, and the ban will also be transferred to a new association.