Cristiano Ronaldo gets police attention for incident against Everton

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been alerted by police after footage was posted online that appeared to show him dropping his phone from the hands of an Everton fan during a Premier League game in April.

Merseyside Police said Wednesday that “the matter has been resolved.”

The 37-year-old football great was interviewed by police in connection with allegations of assault and criminal damage following the April 9 incident at Goodison Park.

Merseyside police have launched an investigation after a clip circulated online that appeared to show Ronaldo slamming a supporter’s cell phone to the ground after United lost 0-1.

Merseyside Police said in a statement Wednesday, “We can confirm that a 37-year-old man voluntarily attended and was carefully interviewed in connection with the assault and criminal damage allegations.” It relates to an incident following the Everton-Manchester United football match at Goodison Park on Saturday, which has been addressed by a conditional notice.”

Under British law, a warning is basically a warning issued by the police when a person admits to committing a minor crime. A conditional warning means that the person must also fulfill certain obligations, such as replacing damaged property.

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

Associated Press