Police investigate whether Cristiano Ronaldo committed “aggression” on a fan

The police of Merseyside, the region of Liverpool, announced this Sunday that they opened an investigation for possible “aggression” after Cristiano Ronaldo’s angry gesture against an Everton fan, on Saturday after Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat in a Premier League match.

As he was leaving the pitch, United’s Portuguese striker struck a teenager’s hand as he was leaving the pitch, knocking the young fan’s mobile phone to the ground.

“We can confirm that we are in contact with Manchester United and Everton following reports of a possible assault at the Everton-Manchester United match at Goodison Park,” a police spokesman said.

“There is an ongoing investigation and there are officers working with Everton to analyze the video surveillance footage and gathering all the testimonies to determine if a crime has been committed,” he said.

The English Football Federation is also going to study this incident, that organization told The Athletic website.

The mother of the 14-year-old boy, suffering from autism and dyspraxia, told the press that her son had a bruise on his hand and that the incident left him “in shock.”

The teenager leaned into the locker room tunnel to record Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the pitch.

“Ronaldo just walked by and, in a very bad mood, hit my son’s hand, knocking his phone off, and continued on his way,” the woman told the Liverpool Echo.

His son would be so upset that he “doesn’t want to watch a game again.” It was the first time that she had gone to the stadium to witness one, the mother explained.

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On Saturday night, a few hours after that angry gesture, Cristiano Ronaldo publicly apologized through Instagram.

“It is never easy to manage your emotions in difficult times like the ones we are experiencing,” CR7 wrote.

“However, we must always be respectful, have patience and set an example for young people who love this beautiful sport. I would like to apologize for my moment of anger and, if possible, I would like to invite that fan to come and watch a match at Old Trafford, as a sign of fair-play and sportsmanship,” he added.