Cristiano Ronaldo ended in the center of the storm. Manchester United were defeated 1-0 by Everton: CR7 injured his leg and vented all his anger and frustration upon leaving the field. An autistic child was resuming the moment of the Portuguese champion's passage, when Ronaldo hit the boy's hand, making him fall to earth the phone.
According to Sun Manchester United they considered the apology made on its social channels by CR7 sufficient, but the Merseyside police are also investigating the matter, after the boy's mother publicly declared that her son, autistic, was attacked by the Portuguese and suffered a bruise on his hand.
Anyway Manchester United are allegedly cooperating with the police regarding the investigation. A spokesperson for Merseyside Police told the Liverpool ECHO: "We can confirm that we are liaising with Manchester United Football Club and Everton FC following reports of an alleged assault at the Everton v Manchester United soccer match at Goodison Park.
As players were leaving the pitch at 2.30pm it was reported that a boy was assaulted by one of the away team as they left the pitch. Inquiries are underway and officers are currently working with Everton Football club to review CCTV footage and are carrying out extensive witness inquiries to establish if an offense has taken place.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police Contact center quoting reference number 228 of 9 April 2022."
What will happen now to CR7?
Sarah Kelly, mother of Jake Harding, the autistic child hit by Ronaldo, said to the Liverpool Echo: "My son was filming all the United players, then he lowered his cell phone to see Ronaldo pulling down his socks and wanted to see what it was, it was bleeding.
He took my son's phone from his hand and broke it and kept walking. I can't believe it, my son has a bruise on his hand, you can see that there is a contact, he is bewildered. He's autistic and has dyspraxia and couldn't accept what was happening.
Ronaldo is my son's idol, he kept saying I'll see Ronaldo. Now he doesn't want to attend a football match anymore, it was his first time." Ronaldo posted a post on Instagram to apologize for the gesture made: "It is never easy to face emotions in difficult moments like the one we are facing.
In any case, we must always be respectful, patient and lead by example to all. young people who love our beautiful sport. I would like to apologize for my outburst and, if possible, I would like to invite this fan to watch a game at Old Trafford as a sign of fair play and sportsmanship." Now Ronaldo will face the investigation: he could also leave the club at the end of the season.