Former Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for two matches and fined PS50,000 ($A90,000) for knocking a phone from a fan’s hand at Everton after a Premier League game last season.
The ban will transfer when Ronaldo joins a new club in any country. This does not apply to the World Cup.
The 37-year-old Portuguese star, who is now a free agent following his release from Man United on Tuesday, got into the altercation after a 1-0 loss at Goodison Park on April 9, for which Ronaldo received a police warning from Merseyside Police.
The English Football Association charged him with inappropriate conduct and an independent panel handed down a suspension and a fine.
“An independent regulatory commission found his conduct to be both inappropriate and violent at a subsequent hearing and imposed these penalties,” the FA said in a statement on Wednesday.
Ronaldo had accepted the FA charge but requested a personal hearing – held online on November 8 – in a bid to try to avoid a suspension. Ronaldo said he had “a legitimate concern… for his own physical safety and well-being”.
But the independent panel said it was an “act born out of frustration and annoyance rather than fear or concern for his well-being”.
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