Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been dropped as an envoy for Save the Youngsters after he allegedly ‘assaulted’ a 14-year-old Everton fan by smashing his telephone out of his hand following Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park.
Jake, who has autism, was filming the Manchester United players leaving the pitch at full-time when Ronaldo appeared to knock the telephone out of a boy’s hand as he headed in the direction of the tunnel.
The fan has since been recognized as Jake Harding, who has autism. Merseyside Police have confirmed they’re looking into the incident and are in search of additional info.
His mom Sarah Kelly advised the Liverpool Echo that the telephone belonged to Jake, claiming that the Portuguese striker ‘assaulted’ him and had bruised his hand by knocking the telephone to the ground.
Miss Kelly additionally stated her son has declined an invite from Ronaldo to attend a match at Old Trafford.
Within the newest blow to Ronaldo’s public picture following the incident, La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Save the Children has dumped the Portugal star after 10 years as an envoy.
The 37-year-old not seems on the checklist of ambassadors on the worldwide charity’s web site. Ronaldo first began working with the charity in 2013.
Ronaldo has since apologised for his ‘outburst’ and needed to invite the boy to look at a match at Old Trafford, however Miss Kelly stated the experience has left Jake cautious of going to a soccer match once more.
United have reportedly declined to punish Ronaldo however a spokesperson confirmed they’ll cooperate with the FA and the police’s inquiries.
Ronaldo stated: ‘It is by no means simple to take care of feelings in troublesome moments such because the one we face. Nonetheless, we always need to be respectful, affected person and set the instance for all the children who love the gorgeous sport.
‘I want to apologise for my outburst and, if doable, I want to invite this supporter to look at a sport at Old Trafford as an indication of fair-play and sportsmanship.’
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