Any attempt to punish Cristiano Ronaldo for the cell phone incident against Everton in April will be resisted by Manchester United.
The Portuguese attacker ‘will not accept’ the Football Association’s complaint of ‘improper and/or aggressive conduct,’ according to United boss Erik ten Hag on Wednesday.
Following a 1-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park, Ronaldo was issued a police caution for knocking a fan’s phone out of his hands.
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The FA accusation
which could only be lodged once Merseyside Police‘s involvement in the matter ended in August, had been granted to him until Monday evening.
The nature of Ronaldo’s answer was left unclear by United.
Before the team’s Europa League group matchup against Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia on Thursday, Ten Hag remarked, “We spoke about that and he will not accept it.
Later, the club amended Ten Hag’s comments, noting that the event did occur but rather asserting that Ronaldo would not accept a severe punishment that United would deem unreasonable.