Ronaldo suspended for two matches and fined £50,000 for confrontation with Everton fans.



Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for two matches and fined £50,000 ($60,000, €58,000) for knocking a mobile phone out of the hands of a teenage fan at Everton, the Football Association said on Wednesday.

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Ronaldo, who became a free agent following his departure from Manchester United on Tuesday, was involved in a feud with the 14-year-old after the Red Devils’ 1-0 loss to Everton in the Premier League at Goodison Park. in April. 9.

He was booked by the Merseyside police and the FA also accused the Portuguese striker of inappropriate behavior.

Now an independent commission has issued a suspension and a fine.

The ban will be moved when Ronaldo joins a new club in any country, but will not apply to the current World Cup in Qatar, where the 37-year-old is due to play on Thursday when Portugal kick off their campaign against Ghana.

“Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for two matches, fined £50,000 and warned of his future behavior for violating FA E3 rule,” English football’s governing body said in a statement.

“The striker admitted that his behavior after the final whistle of the Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton on Saturday 9 April 2022 was inappropriate.

“The Independent Regulatory Panel found that his behavior was both inappropriate and violent during the subsequent hearing and imposed those sanctions.”

Ronaldo requested a personal hearing to avoid suspension.

During a hearing held via Microsoft Teams on November 8, Ronaldo stated that he had “legitimate concerns… for his own physical safety and well-being and was leaving the field” after approaching the tunnel where the Everton fans had gathered.

The commission, however, said that Ronaldo’s behavior was “an act of frustration and annoyance, not fear or concern for his well-being”, but they also rejected the FA’s offer of a three-game ban on him.