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Cristiano Ronaldo was charged by the Football Association on Friday over an incident that saw the Manchester United forward knock a phone out of the hands of an Everton fan during a Premier League match in April.

Ronaldo’s behavior was allegedly inappropriate and/or violent, the governing body said.

Ronaldo received a police caution in August after being interviewed by officers over allegations of assault and criminal damage following the incident at Goodison Park on April 9.


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Footage was posted online of Ronaldo’s supporter slamming his mobile phone onto the ground as he walked towards the tunnel after United’s 1-0 defeat.


Under British law, a caution is a warning given by the police for a minor offense if the person admits the offence.

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Following the incident, Ronaldo issued a social media apology for his “outrage” and invited fans to watch a game at Old Trafford “as a sign of fair play and sportsmanship.”

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