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Cristiano Ronaldo suspended for two games by FA for Everton incident

After Cristiano Ronaldo's explosive interview, Manchester United's lawyers are looking into how to end his time at the club.

Cristiano Ronaldo, a striker who used to play for Manchester United, has been banned for two games and fined £50,000 by the FA for hitting a fan’s phone out of his hand at Everton.

The 37-year-old is now a free agent after being let go by Manchester United on Tuesday. Merseyside Police warned the Portuguese player. The incident happened on April 9 after Manchester United lost 1-0 at Goodison Park.

The FA also accused him of bad behaviour, and an independent panel gave him a suspension and a hefty fine.

The forward said he should not have done what he did after the Premier League game ended.

During a later hearing, a separate Regulatory Commission found that his behaviour was both wrong and violent, and they gave him these punishments.

After the April incident, Ronaldo posted an Instagram apology. He said: “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 and patient and set an example for all the youngsters who love the beautiful game.

“I would like to apologise for my outburst, and I would like to invite this supporter to watch a game at Old Trafford as a sign of fair play and sportsmanship.

The ban will follow Ronaldo to any new club he joins, but it won’t affect the World Cup.

Ronaldo agreed to the FA’s charge, but he asked for a personal hearing to try to keep from getting suspended.

During the independent hearing held over Microsoft Teams on November 8, Ronaldo said he had “legitimate concern for his physical safety and wellbeing and leaving the field of play” when he got close to the tunnel where Everton fans were gathering.

But the panel didn’t believe the claim because “act born of frustration and annoyance rather than fear or concern for his wellbeing”.

The FA also asked the panel to ban Ronaldo for three games, but the panel said no.