Cristiano Ronaldo has been handed a two-game ban and fined AU$89,000 by the Football Association for knocking an autistic fan’s phone to the ground.
The 37-year-old, who is now a free agent after having his Manchester United contract was terminated, was charged with “improper and/or violent” following the incident at Everton in April.
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The FA are due to officially announce Ronaldo’s punishment later this afternoon, The Sun reports.
And they will provide the full written reasons behind their decision for the sanction also.
Both Chelsea and Newcastle have been linked with a swoop for the Portuguese legend.
However, this now means that he will be suspended for two games if he joins another Premier League club.
Ronaldo, who was walking down the tunnel, was cautioned by Merseyside Police after he shoved the young boy’s phone out of his hand after Everton had beaten United 1-0 at Goodison Park.
He later issued an apology via social media for his “outburst” and issued an invite for the supporter to be his guest for a game at Old Trafford “as a sign of fair play and sportsmanship”.
He wrote: “It’s never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments such as the one we are facing.
“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.”
But the 14-year-old Jake — who has autism — declined the forward’s offer and refused to accept his apology.
Ronaldo will be hoping to put the explosive headlines from last week’s interview with Piers Morgan behind him when he and Portugal kick-off their World Cup campaign.
They face Ghana on Thursday in their opening Group H clash.
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