Darren Adam 1am - 4am
Police launch investigation after Ronaldo filmed 'slapping phone out of young fan's hands'
10 April 2022, 08:49 | Updated: 10 April 2022, 14:11
Police are investigating after Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to slap a phone out of a young fan's following his Manchester United side's defeat to Everton.
Listen to this article
The football star appeared furious as he left the pitch at Goodison Park, and in footage he is seen angrily passing fans who insult him.
He is seen lashing out as he passes a fan who is holding out his phone, with social media users suggesting he had smashed it.
Ronaldo, 37, apologised on Instagram later, offering to take the fan to watch a Man Utd game.
Caution: Strong language
Ronaldo smashing someone’s phone at full time 🤣🤣 EFC pic.twitter.com/nw0XIK2enR— EvertonHub (@evertonhub) April 9, 2022
Merseyside Police said in a statement: "We can confirm that we are liaising with Manchester United Football Club and Everton FC following reports of an alleged assault at the Everton v Manchester United football match at Goodison.
"As players were leaving the pitch at 2.30pm, it was reported that a boy was assaulted by one of the away team as they left the pitch.
"Inquiries are under way and officers are currently working with Everton Football Club to review CCTV footage and are carrying out extensive witness enquiries to establish if an offence has taken place.
"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."
Ronaldo said: "It's never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments such as the one we are facing. 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."
Footage shows the young fan looking incredulous after the Portuguese superstar, considered one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, lashed out at him and his phone.
It followed a defeat to the relegation-threatened Blues, who beat the Red Devils 1-0 on Saturday in a crucial win for Frank Lampard's men.
Man Utd have endured a torrid season by their usual lofty standards, and look less and less likely to qualify for football's most prestigious club competition, the Champions League, next season.
The club said in a statement on Saturday: "We are aware of an alleged incident after today's game at Everton and the club will cooperate with any police inquiries."