An investigation has been opened after Cristiano Ronaldo made a gesture to an Everton fan on Saturday. The 14-year-old is “in shock”.
Police in Merseyside, Liverpool, announced on Sunday that an investigation has been opened into Cristiano Ronaldo’s angry gesture towards an Everton fan on Saturday after Manchester United’s 1-0 loss. As he was leaving the field, the Manconian striker – who used to hide his disappointment, even anger, when he lost – tapped a teenager’s hand as he left the field, and rings his phone.
“We can confirm that we are in contact with Manchester United and Everton following reports of a possible attack during the match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park,” a police spokesman said. “An investigation is ongoing and police are working with Everton to analyze CCTV images and they are gathering all evidence to determine whether a crime has been committed,” the spokesperson added.
“It was absolutely disgusting for him to come back to watch a match
She told online media The Athletic that the FA would also look into the incident. The mother of the 14-year-old, who has autism and dyslexia, told the press that her son’s hand was bruised and that the accident left him “in a state of shock”. As the teenager leaned near the entrance to the tunnel to photograph the Portuguese leaving the stadium, “Ronaldo just passed and in a very bad mood hit my son’s hand, causing the phone to drop, and he continued on his way,” she told the Liverpool Echo.
She added that her son was “extremely upset about this and very disgusted to go back to see a match”, even though it was the first time he had attended. As of Saturday evening, CR7 has apologized via his Instagram account. “It is never easy to manage your emotions in difficult times like the ones we are going through,” the Portuguese wrote, as pictures of the accident spread online.
“However, we must always be respectful, patient and set an example for young people who love this beautiful sport. I would like to apologize for my outrage and, if possible, would like to invite this fan to come and watch a game at Old Trafford.