The Portuguese Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo apologised after he appeared to smash a fan's phone following Manchester United's 1-0 loss at Everton on Saturday.
Ronaldo had returned to United’s starting line-up and played the full 90 minutes of the 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park. Following the match, footage on social media emerged which appeared to show the he knocking a phone out of an Everton supporter’s hand and onto the ground as he walked off towards the tunnel.
Later on Saturday evening, the 37-year-old star footballer posted a statement on his personal Instagram account to apologise and also invited the supporter to watch a game at Old Trafford “as a sign of fair-play and sportsmanship”.
“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.”
Sarah Kelly, mother of 14-year-old son Jake Harding said she had taken her son to watch his club, Everton, for the first time and sat in the Park End, meaning that they were near the away side as the players left the pitch to return to the dressing room. Ronaldo "assaulted" Jake, bruising his hand, by knocking Jake's phone to the floor.