Cristiano Ronaldo could challenge FA ban for smashing Everton fan’s phone and make his Al-Nassr debut tonight
EXCLUSIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo could CHALLENGE his two-game FA world ban for vandalizing an Everton fan’s phone and making his Al-Nassr debut TONIGHT… risking further punishment from football bosses and possible fine for his new club
- Cristiano Ronaldo could ignore a two-game FA ban and make his Al-Nassr debut
- The 37-year-old has been banned for breaking an Everton fan’s phone
- Despite leaving Man United and heading to Saudi Arabia, the ban still applies
- But Ronaldo could challenge him and line up for Al-Nassr for the first time tonight.
- Doing so would probably land him in more trouble and get his new club fined.
- The mother of the boy whose phone was smashed has no sympathy for Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo could challenge the FA ban and make his Al Nassr debut tonight and risk further punishment from football bosses.
The 37-year-old striker, who could earn more than £400m during his two-and-a-half-year contract with the Saudi club, is at the center of intense last-minute discussions.
Al Nassr, his new club, are desperate for him to start his Arabian adventures tonight at home against Al Ta’ee at Mrsool Park.
Cristiano Ronaldo could challenge the sanction of the FA and debut tonight with Al Nassr
Ronaldo has yet to serve a two-match ban he was handed by the Football Association of England in November for slapping a phone out of the hand of an Everton fan during a game last season.
But his ‘smug’ behavior during Manchester United’s game against Everton during which he snatched the phone out of the hand of an autistic 14-year-old boy, landed him a £50,000 fine and a two-match ban.
The ban applies to two official matches, but they still need to be met as Ronaldo’s contract with Manchester United was broken before the World Cup and the ban applies to any new club he joins.
Al Nassr, with only hours to go before kick-off tonight, had yet to confirm that he would comply and accept the ban backed by FIFA rules.
However, the club was said to have received Ronaldo’s international clearance certificate and its executives were examining whether he could help them circumvent the banning order.
Despite his sanction, Ronaldo could bypass him and sign for Al-Nassr for the first time
The former Manchester United star put pen to paper on a lucrative deal with the Saudi club.
But queuing up for his Al-Nassr debut amid the ban would likely put Ronaldo in more trouble.
One source cast fresh doubt on whether Ronaldo would be sidelined, saying: “He is 85 per cent sure he won’t play the first game because of the Everton issue.”
But without outright denial that the ban could be circumvented, it was believed that Al Nassr was still hoping to don his yellow jersey tonight and make his Saudi Pro League debut in front of a sellout crowd.
However, if the ban is ignored, it could land Ronaldo in more trouble and the club with a huge fine.
Although super-rich Al Nassr club may not blink an eye at a fine, avoiding the ban could have more ramifications down the line for the self-proclaimed ‘one and only’ star.
When his contract in the Middle East expires, the striker will be in his early 40s, but any future ambitions to play for a major club or even the Champions League will be dashed as FIFA is likely to punish him by denying him further club registrations. .