Merseyside Police issued a call for witnesses on Sunday after video surfaced on social media showing Ronaldo shoving a phone away from an Everton supporter as he exited the ground after United’s 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park. A spokeswoman for Merseyside Police confirmed that officers are in contact with representatives from both Manchester United Football Club and Everton Football Club in relation to allegations of an alleged assault during the Everton v Manchester United match.
‘As the players were leaving the field at 2.30pm, it was claimed that a kid had been attacked by a member of the opposing team as they were leaving the field.’
Investigations are currently underway, and officers are currently working with Everton Football Club to review CCTV footage and conduct extensive witness interviews in order to determine whether an offence has occurred. “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,” the force said.
When asked about her son, who is autistic and has dyspraxia, the 14-year-old fan’s mother informed the ‘Liverpool Echo’ that her son was left with a bruised hand as a result of the event. To make up for his “outburst” on Saturday, Ronaldo issued an apology and offered the little child to witness a game at Old Trafford to make up for it.
“It’s never simple to cope with emotions, especially during terrible times like the one we are now experiencing,” he said on Instagram. “However, we must always be courteous and patient, and we must set an example for all of the young people who are passionate about the beautiful game.” I would want to express my regret for my outburst and, if at all possible, ask this fan to come and watch a game at Old Trafford as a gesture of fairness and sportsmanship.”
“We are aware of the event and will be requesting opinions on the subject from both teams as well as the player who was involved,” the Football Association stated in response.