Cristiano Ronaldo has apologized for his outburst involving a fan at Goodison Park.
Footage has emerged of the Manchester United superstar appearing to drop something from someone’s hands as he walked through the tunnel full time after the defeat.
Although the nature of the object is unclear, it was claimed that a mobile phone was the object which ended up on the ground, with United saying they were looking into the matter.
But on Saturday night, Ronaldo issued an apology for letting his emotions get the better of him.
“It’s never easy to manage your emotions in difficult times like the one we are facing,” he wrote on Instagram. “However, we must always be respectful, patient and set an example for all young people 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 match at Old Trafford as a sign of fair play and sportsmanship.
On the pitch, Anthony Gordon’s deflected strike decided the game at Goodison, likely condemning United to a season without Champions League football.
The club are now six points behind Tottenham who boosted their chances of finishing fourth in the Premier League by beating Aston Villa.
United goalkeeper David de Gea called his side’s performance a “disgrace” after the game, and manager Ralf Rangnick agreed, but it was Ronaldo who grabbed the headlines.
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The legendary goalscorer had already limped off the pitch after the final whistle, sporting a nasty gash to his shin which was caught by the cameras.
He looked in pain as he entered Goodison’s dugout to head to the locker room when the altercation with a supporter occurred.
The Portugal captain appeared to hit something on the ground while within contact distance of the home crowd, with a photo later of the incident. showing a phone on the floor.
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