Before WC opener, Ronaldo faces club ban

Sports Desk

Published: November 23, 2022, 11:30 PM

Before WC opener, Ronaldo faces club ban

Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Premier League side Manchester United by mutual agreement on Tuesday, has been suspended for two matches by an independent regulatory panel for smashing a teenage fan's phone after a defeat at Everton last season.

The suspension, however, will not affect his World Cup involvement. He is set to captain Portugal in their opening Group H game against Ghana on Thursday.

Video footage appeared to show Ronaldo angrily slapping the phone out of the boy's hand as he walked down the tunnel after United's 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park in April.

The boy's mother said he had been left with a bruised hand and his phone screen had been smashed. Ronaldo was cautioned by the police in August and charged with improper conduct by England's Football Association (FA) in September.

Ronaldo, who had apologised on social media, was warned as to his future conduct and also fined 50,000 pounds ($59,875).

"The forward admitted that his conduct after the final whistle of the Premier League game between United and Everton was improper," the FA said in a statement on Wednesday.

"An independent Regulatory Commission found that his conduct was both improper and violent during a subsequent hearing, and imposed these sanctions."

The ban means Ronaldo will miss two games if he joins another Premier League club. Ronaldo will serve the ban at domestic level with any new club - in England or abroad - although it does not apply at continental club level, such as the Champions League.

Ronaldo's exit from United followed an explosive interview with TalkTV in which he said he did not respect manager Erik ten Hag and felt betrayed by the club.

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