Cristiano Ronaldo’s invitation to Old Trafford has been “declined” by a young Everton fan who had their phone swatted out of their hand.
Merseyside Police opened an inquiry following an incident at Goodison Park in which Ronaldo seemed to knock a supporter’s phone out of his hand.
Later that day, the Portuguese apologized on social media for his “outburst” and offered the supporter to see a game at Old Trafford “as a gesture of fair play and sportsmanship.”
He wrote on Instagram: “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.”
The Red Devils also acknowledged the incident saying: “We are aware of an alleged incident after today’s game at Everton and the club will co-operate with any police inquiries.”
Sarah, the fan’s mother, informed the Liverpool Echo that she has been approached by Manchester United, who claim to have “made matters worse.”
She is reported to have said: “United have handled it terribly and it’s just made things even worse, to be honest.”
On Ronaldo’s invitation and apology, Sarah said: “The way I see it is, if someone assaulted him in the street and then asked us to go around for dinner, we wouldn’t. Just because he’s Cristiano Ronaldo, why would we do it? It’s like we owe him a favour, but I’m sorry, we don’t.”
She added: “We’ve kindly declined the offer to go to United because Jake doesn’t want to go there and he doesn’t want to see Ronaldo. He’s made that pretty clear.
“They’re not my words, they’re my son’s words. At the end of the day, this is what it’s about. It’s affected him more than it’s affected me, so I have put everything to him to make his own mind up on – he doesn’t want to go to United, he doesn’t want to go to see Ronaldo. All that I’m saying right now is that it’s in the hands of the police.”
Sarah has applauded Everton’s efforts despite her dissatisfaction with Ronaldo’s reaction.
Jake has been offered an autographed shirt by Jordan Pickford and Richarlison, as well as match tickets and the opportunity to meet the club’s best stars, by the Toffees.