Cristiano Ronaldo accused by the English Football Association for an accident at Everton

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Cristiano Ronaldo was charged on Friday by the Football Association in connection with an incident that saw the Manchester United striker drop a phone from the hand of an Everton fan at a Premier League match in April.

Ronaldo’s conduct is presumed to have been improper and / or violent, the governing body said.

Ronaldo received a police reprimand in August after being interviewed by officers in connection with an assault and criminal damage allegation following the Goodison Park incident on April 9.

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Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo smiles during the Europa League, group E soccer match between Sheriff Tiraspol and Manchester United at the Zimbru Stadium, in Chisinau, Moldova on Thursday 15 September 2022.

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo smiles during the Europa League, group E soccer match between Sheriff Tiraspol and Manchester United at the Zimbru Stadium, in Chisinau, Moldova on Thursday 15 September 2022.
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The footage was posted online of Ronaldo appearing to knock the fan’s cell phone to the ground as he headed for the tunnel after United’s 1-0 defeat.

Under British law, a reprimand is essentially a warning given by the police for a minor crime if the person admits the crime.

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After the incident, Ronaldo apologized on social media for his “outburst” and invited the fan to watch a game at Old Trafford “as a sign of fair play and sportsmanship”.