Police launch investigation into Cristiano Ronaldo phone incident | Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is at the center of a Merseyside Police investigation following an incident at the end of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Everton in which the Manchester United striker appeared to drop a mobile phone from the hands of a fan.
While the 37-year-old later apologized on Instagram and invited the fan to a game at Old Trafford, police are now appealing for witnesses after video of the incident was posted on social media as the Portuguese made their way through the Goodison Park tunnel.
A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “We can confirm that we are in contact with Manchester United Football Club and Everton FC following reports of a suspected assault at Everton’s football match against Manchester. United at Goodison.
“As the players were leaving the pitch at 2.30pm, it was reported that a boy was assaulted by one of the away team players as they were leaving the pitch. Inquiries are ongoing and officers are currently working with Everton Football Club to review CCTV footage and are carrying out extensive witness investigations to establish whether an infringement has taken place.
“Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Merseyside Police Social Media Office via Twitter MerPolCC or Merseyside Police Contact Center Facebook quoting reference number 228 of 9th April 2022.”
United’s loss at Goodison Park left them six points behind Tottenham in the bottom Champions League place with seven games remaining for both teams, the most recent disappointing display of a particularly poor season.
On Instagram, Ronaldo said: “It is never easy to manage emotions in difficult times like the one we are facing. Nevertheless, we must always be respectful, patient and set an example for all young people who love football. nice game. I would like to apologize 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.
Later on Saturday, a United spokesman said: “We are aware of a suspected incident after today’s game at Everton and the club will co-operate with any police investigation.”