United will fight any attempt to ban Ronaldo

United will fight any attempt to ban Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 700th club goal as Manchester United beat Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday

Manchester United will fight any attempt to ban Cristiano Ronaldo following the mobile phone incident at Everton in April.

United manager Erik ten Hag said on Wednesday the Portuguese striker “will not accept” the Football Association’s charge of “inappropriate and/or violent conduct”.

Ronaldo received a warning from the police after dropping a phone from the hands of a fan during an incident following a 1-0 loss against Everton at Goodison Park.

He had been given until Monday evening to respond to the FA charge, which could only be brought after Merseyside Police’s involvement in the case ended in August.

United did not specify what Ronaldo’s response was.

“We talked about it and he won’t accept it,” said Ten Hag, ahead of Thursday’s Europa League group game against Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia.

The club later clarified Ten Hag’s remarks, saying Ronaldo would not accept a harsh punishment, which United said would be unfair, rather than contesting that the incident took place.

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