Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has apologized for his actions after he seemed to take a cell phone out of a fan’s hand following his side’s 1-0 Premier League rout to Everton on Saturday April 9.
A video emerged on social media of Ronaldo seeming to swipe his hand towards the ground as he strolled off the pitch and set out toward the passage at Goodison Park. Onlookers said the 37-year-old had taken a fan’s cell phone out of his hand and it crushed to the ground.
Ronaldo took to Instagram to apologize for the episode.
“It’s never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments such as the one we are facing,” Ronaldo said. “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.”
Meanwhile, Manchester United say, the incident is being investigated.
Merseyside police said on Sunday they were inspecting CCTV film to lay out if Ronaldo truly committed an offense.
“As players were leaving the pitch at 2.30 p.m., it was reported that a boy was assaulted by one of the away team as they left the pitch,” a spokesperson said.
Interrogations are in progress and officials are working with Everton Football Club to review CCTV film and are completing broad observer enquiries to lay out if an offense has occurred.
Ronaldo, United’s top scorer this season, got back to the United team subsequent to missing last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City because of ailment.
Nonetheless, he couldn’t help the team to triumph against relegation threatened Everton.
The loss left United seventh in the Premier League standings and they face the possibility of passing up capability for next season’s Champions League as they are six points afloat of fourth-set Tottenham Hotspur.