(Reuters – An impartial regulatory panel has handed down a two-match suspension for Cristiano Ronaldo’s smashing of a teenage fan’s phone after a loss at Everton last season. Ronaldo, who left Premier League team Manchester United on Tuesday by mutual consent, was also found guilty of assaulting a police officer.
After United lost 1-0 at Goodison Park in April, video appeared to show Ronaldo violently smacking the boy’s phone out of his hand as he headed down the tunnel.
The boy’s mother said that he suffered from a bruised hand and a broken phone screen. The English Football Association (FA) accused Ronaldo with improper behavior in September after the police issued him a warning in August.
Ronaldo, who expressed regret on social media, received a warning about his behavior moving forward and was also fined 50,000 pounds ($59,875).