Alleged incident between Ronaldo and young fan under investigation
An alleged incident between Cristiano Ronaldo and a young fan has sparked an investigation by local police.
Ronaldo and Manchester United played Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday. After the game reached full time, Ronaldo left the field with his teammates and headed towards the tunnel. On the way he is said to have knocked the mobile phone out of the hand of a young fan. Several videos of the incident were recorded and uploaded to social media.
Ronaldo suffered a leg injury during the game and is seen limping in both videos. Manchester United lost 1-0.
A few hours after the incident, Ronaldo posted an apology on Instagram. He did not elaborate on the incident but did invite the fan to watch a game at Old Trafford “as a show of fair play and sportsmanship”.
On Sunday, Merseyside Police said they were launching an investigation into the incident and were contacting both Manchester United and Everton.
“As the players left the field at 2.30pm, it was reported that a boy was attacked by one of the away teams as they were leaving the field,” the rep told ESPN.
“Investigations are ongoing and officers are working with Everton Football Club to review CCTV footage and are conducting extensive witness interviews to determine if an offense has taken place.”
A fan’s mother discusses the incident
Sarah Kelly, the young fan’s mother, spoke to the Liverpool Echo about the incident. Kelly said her 14-year-old autistic son, Jake Harding, is a huge Ronaldo fan and was at his very first football game to see his idol.
“At full-time, Man United players started leaving. We were in Park End so we were right by the tunnel where they walked by – my son was there filming them all.
“He filmed all the United players as they walked through. And then he lowered his phone because Ronaldo had pulled his sock down and his leg was bleeding. He lowered his phone to see what it was – he didn’t even speak.
“Ronaldo then just walked by, with a horrible, horrible temper, and slapped the phone out of my son’s hand and kept walking.”