Merseyside Police issued a witness call on Sunday after video surfaced on social media showing Ronaldo snatching the phone from an Everton supporter as he exited the ground following United’s 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park. Merseyside Police stated, “We can confirm that we are working with Manchester United Football Club and Everton FC after complaints of an alleged assault during the Everton v Manchester United match.”
“As players were leaving the ground at 2.30 p.m., it was claimed that a kid had been attacked by a member of the opposing side.”
“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,” said a statement. “Officers are currently working with Everton Football Club to review CCTV footage and are conducting extensive witness enquiries to establish if an offence has occurred.”
The mother of the 14-year-old fan informed the ‘Liverpool Echo’ that her son, who is autistic and has dyspraxia, had a bruised hand as a result of the event. Ronaldo apologized for his Saturday “outburst” and offered the youngster to see a game at Old Trafford to make apologies.
He stated on Instagram, “It’s never easy to cope with emotions in tough periods like the one we’re experiencing.” “However, we must always be courteous, tolerant, and set an example for all the young people who enjoy this wonderful game.” I’d want to apologize for my outburst and, if feasible, invite this fan to witness 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 and the player involved,” the Football Association stated.