Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged by the English Football Association (FA) for an incident after the final whistle following Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Everton in April.
Video footage emerged showing Ronaldo slapping a mobile phone from a supporter’s hand as he walked back to the dressing room.
The 37-year-old was cautioned by police in August and has now been charged with “improper and/or violent behaviour” by the FA.
A statement released by the FA on Friday read: “Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged with breaching FA Rule E33 for an incident after Manchester United FC’s Premier League match against Everton FC on 9 April 2022.
“The forward’s conduct after the final whistle is alleged to be improper and/or violent.”
United released a statement shortly afterwards: “We are aware of the FA notice regarding Cristiano Ronaldo. We will support the player on the charges.”
Following the incident at Goodison Park, Merseyside Police launched their own investigation, which led to Ronaldo being sent a warning in August.
A statement issued by Merseyside Police on August 17 said: “We can confirm that a 37-year-old man voluntarily attended and was interviewed under caution in connection with a charge of assault and criminal damage.
“The charge relates to an incident following the Everton v Manchester United football match at Goodison Park on Saturday 9 April.
“The matter was treated with a conditional caution. The matter has now come to an end.”
If found guilty, Ronaldo could face a warning, fine or suspension, sources told ESPN.