Merseyside Police investigating Cristiano Ronaldo ‘outburst’ after reports of ‘assault’ following Man United defeat to Everton April 10, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
Merseyside police are investigating an incident in which Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to knock a phone out of a supporter’s hand following Manchester United’s 1-0 loss to Everton.
A spokesperson from the force has appealed for witnesses after ‘it was reported that a boy was assaulted by one of the away team’.
Following the match, Ronaldo apologised for his ‘outburst’ on social media after a clip went viral of him appearing to knock something out of a supporter’s hand.
The Portugal captain hobbled off the pitch at full-time after revealing a nasty gash on his shin, and then headed down towards the tunnel where the incident then occurred.
The 37-year-old appeared to knock an object to the floor as he made his way to the dressing room, with footage of the altercation picked up by multiple cameras.
A spokesperson from Merseyside Police said: “We can confirm that we are liaising with Manchester United Football Club and Everton FC following reports of an alleged assault at the Everton v Manchester United football match at Goodison.
“As players were leaving the pitch at 2.30pm, it was reported that a boy was assaulted by one of the away team as they left the pitch.
“Inquiries are under way and officers are currently working with Everton Football Club to review CCTV footage and are carrying out extensive witness enquiries to establish if an offence has taken place.
“Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police Contact centre quoting reference number 228 of 9 April 2022.”
As clips of the incident began to circulate, Ronaldo apologised to his 424 million followers on Instagram, and openly invited the fan to Old Trafford.
“It’s never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments such as the one we are facing,” Ronaldo 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.”
Manchester United have also released a statement after it was reported that they were ‘looking into’ the matter.
“We are aware of an alleged incident after today’s game at Everton and the club will cooperate with any police inquiries,” a club spokesperson said.
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