Manchester United striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, is being investigated by the Merseyside police officials after smashing a spectator’s phone when they lost to Everton over the weekend, ESPN reports.
The incident occurred after the 1-0 defeat to Everton when Ronaldo and his teammates were being mocked by the home supporters when a phone was stuck in the aging supporter’s face, prompting him to react emotionally.
A Merseyside Police representative said the force was discussing with both clubs after reports of the alleged assault.
“As players were leaving the pitch at 2.30 p.m., it was reported that a boy was assaulted by one of the away team as they left the pitch,” the representative stated.
“Inquiries are under way, and officers are working with Everton Football Club to review CCTV footage and carry out extensive witness inquiries to establish if an offense has occurred.”
In response to this, Ronaldo released a statement of his own on his Instagram Sunday, apologizing to the fan and inviting him out to a game in Manchester.
“It’s never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments such as the one we face,” Ronaldo wrote. “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 apologize 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.”
The loss is another setback for the Red Devils as they chase a spot in the top four that would guarantee them playing the Champions League football next season.