Police are investigating an incident after a mother claimed her 14-year-old autistic son was “assaulted” by the soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo. A video that went viral showed the Manchester player slapping the fan’s phone after his game defeat at Everton on Saturday.
Ronaldo smashed the kids phone is pretty clear now pic.twitter.com/s1Pn24BXSU
— Hamza (@lapulgafreak) April 9, 2022
Ronaldo’s representatives contacted the mother, Sarah Kelly, but she is refusing to meet with the soccer player. The mother told Sky News, “I have got nothing to say to him… Why should I travel to Old Trafford? Why would a Blue want to go to [visit] ‘a Red’?”.
The mother stated that her son was just filming the player as he was headed to the tunnel. She told Sky News that Jake is shocked about the incident, saying “He can’t digest things the same way a person with no disability would be able to digest things”.
Merseyside Police has stated they are liaising with both clubs to investigate the alleged assault. A spokesperson said, “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.”
Cristiano Ronaldo apologized on social media through an Instagram caption: “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 apologize 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.”
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