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Cristiano Ronaldo charged by English FA over phone smashing incident

Cristiano Ronaldo
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The Portuguese superstar broke an Everton fan’s phone after Man Utd’s defeat against Everton.

The Football Association (FA) has charged Cristiano Ronaldo over an incident at Goodison Park last season.

Following Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat against Everton in April, a video emerged of Ronaldo appearing to smash a supporter’s phone.

Merseyside Police questioned Ronaldo in relation to the alleged assault before handing him a caution last month.

The FA have now charged the Man Utd star for breaching Rule E3, which relates to ‘improper and/or violent conduct’. 

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Following the incident, Ronaldo issued an apology on Instagram.

 “It’s never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments such as the one we are facing,” he wrote.

“Nevertheless, we always have to be respectful, patient and set the example for all the youngsters who love the beautiful game.

“I would like to apologise for my outburst and, if possible, I would like to invite this supporter to watch a game at Old Trafford as a sign of fair-play and sportsmanship.”

Following an underwhelming start to the new season at Old Trafford, Ronaldo has joined Portugal for their pre-World Cup friendlies.

Fernando Santos’ side will face Czech Republic on Friday before taking on Spain next week.