MANCHESTER United WON’T punish Cristiano Ronaldo after he appeared to knock a teen Everton fan’s phone out of his hand – but a police probe continues.
It is understood club bosses are happy with the ace’s apology and are no longer investigating.
Man Utd bosses won’t investigate claims Ronaldo slapped a phone out of an Everton fan’s hand, it’s understoodCredit: Getty
The ace apologised and offered to invite the fan to a game
Eyewitnesses claim a supporter’s mobile phone was sent flying to the ground as Ronaldo stormed off the Goodison Park pitch.
Footage of the incident was posted to Twitter appearing to show the 37-year-old knocking something out of a fan’s hands.
Man Utd had launched an investigation, but the Sun Online understands Ronaldo will not face reprisals.
It is understood they have accepted his apology after the incident.
The star had issued a grovelling apology after the game at Old Trafford.
In a post on social media, he 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.”
He was visibly angry as he made his way off the turf following the Red Devils’ dismal loss at the hands of struggling Everton.
And the United superstar appeared to lash out as he headed back to the away team dressing room.
Merseyside Police are investigating.
In a statement, they said: “We can confirm that they’re carrying out an investigating following an incident at the #EVEMAN match at Goodison involving a player as they were walking off the pitch and will be speaking to all parties involved.”
The striker struggled throughout the lifeless defeat as his United team-mates failed to provide any service.
He did eventually have a chance to level things up late on but was denied from close-range by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
The full-time result was blasted by players and pundits alike, with Red Devils stopper David De Gea labelling the performance as “disgraceful”.
Elsewhere club legend turned pundit Gary Neville slammed Ralf Rangnick’s side as “a joke”.
United have now lost three of their last five games, with Rangnick picking up just eight league victories from 17 games.
That’s a win percentage of 47 per cent, worse than any other United manager in Premier League history.
The youngster’s mum accused Ronaldo of “assaulting a child”.
Sarah Kelly had taken her 14-year-old son Jake to a game for the first time when the incident happened.
“Can’t believe I’m saying this but Ronaldo smashed Jake’s phone out of his hand while he was recording him coming off at full time,” she said in a post online.
Man Utd suffered a dismal loss at the hands of struggling EvertonCredit: Getty