Cristiano Ronaldo has apologized for his incident with an Everton supporter during Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park on April 9.
Following his team’s loss in the Premier League match, Ronaldo rushed off the field and looked to strike out at one of the home team’s fans, reportedly destroying one fan’s cell phone in the process.
The 37-year-old apologized on social media for his actions and offered to invite the fan to a United game.
However, the mother of the Everton supporter has subsequently informed the media of her family’s side of the tale, alleging Ronaldo’s actions were an “attack” on her adolescent son.
After Everton’s 1-0 win against Manchester United at Goodison Park, footage of Ronaldo slamming the gadget on the ground started to spread.
Fan’s mother expresses her displeasure.
As Ronaldo proceeded down the tunnel, a young fan took a video of a cut on the player’s leg using his phone.
“At the end of the game, the Manchester United players began to walk away.” “We were at the Park End, so we were right by the tunnel where they were strolling through – my kid was there videoing them all,” Sarah Kelly, Jake Harding’s 14-year-old mother, told the Liverpool Echo.
“He videotaped all of the United players as they walked in.” Then he put down his phone because Ronaldo had pulled his sock down and his leg was bleeding. He didn’t even say anything as he lowered his phone to check what it was.
“Ronaldo then just marched by, with a horrible, awful fury, smacked the phone out of my son’s hand, and continued going.”
Kelly showed the Echo images of a bruise on her son’s hand. She said that her kid, who was attending his first football game, was “very shocked” by the occurrence, and that she, too, was “shook up.”
“I’d understand if Jake was waving it in his face, but he wasn’t close to his face; he was down on the floor inspecting his wounds,” she said. “As a mother, I perceive him as an autistic youngster who has been attacked by a football player.”
Meanwhile, a Merseyside Police spokesman confirmed to the Echo that the incident was being investigated: “We can confirm that we are in contact with Manchester United Football Club and Everton FC in response to reports of an alleged assault at today’s football match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park.
“At 2.30 pm, it was alleged that a child was attacked by a member of the visiting squad as they exited the ground.
“Inquiries are ongoing, and authorities are presently working with Everton Football Club to study CCTV material and conduct comprehensive witness interviews to determine whether an offense occurred.”
“It’s never easy dealing with emotions in terrible situations like the one we’re in,” the Manchester United player posted on Instagram.
“However, we must always be courteous, patient, and set a good example for all the young people who adore the wonderful game.”
“I apologize for my reaction and, if feasible, invite this fan to witness a game at Old Trafford as a demonstration of fairness and sportsmanship.”