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FA suspends Ronaldo for two games

Following Manchester United’s announcement of his release from the contract on Tuesday, the 37-year-old is currently a free agent.

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The Football Association (FA) has punished Portuguese legend and former Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo with a two-game suspension and a £50,000 hefty fine for knocking a fan’s phone out of their hand in Everton earlier this year. In that match Manchester United suffered a 1-0 loss. 

Following Manchester United’s announcement of his release from the contract on Tuesday, the 37-year-old is currently a free agent. He got into a fight on April 9 of this year following his team loss to Everton at Goodison Park.

According to Sky Sports, Merseyside Police warned him. FA has also accused him of acting improperly. He received the fine and suspension from an impartial panel.

The ace striker admitted that his conduct was improper. The ban will not be applicable in the World Cup and will be transferred whenever the star striker joins a club, no matter what country.

Following the incident, Ronaldo issued an apology on Instagram, saying, “It is never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments such as the one we are facing.”

“Nevertheless, we always have to be respectful, patient and set the example for all the youngsters who love the beautiful game.”

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

In order to avoid a ban, Ronaldo acknowledged the FA’s charge but asked for a personal hearing.

Ronaldo stated during the independent hearing on November 8 that he approached the Everton tunnel where there were gathered supporters and had a “genuine worry… for his own personal safety and well-being and leaving the field of play.”

He was denied by the panel, which noted that the act was motivated by anger and frustration rather than worry for his safety.

The panel also rejected the FA’s request for a three-game suspension of Ronaldo.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is taking place in Qatar, where the Portuguese superstar is competing. On Thursday, his squad will play Ghana to open the tournament.

(inputs from ANI)