Cristiano Ronaldo banned from making Al Nassr debut

The Portuguese football star was set to play his first game against Al Ta’ee on Thursday

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Published: Wed 4 Jan 2023, 9:56 PM

Last updated: Thu 5 Jan 2023, 5:11 PM

Cristiano Ronaldo will not be making his debut for Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr football club as scheduled on Thursday.

The Portuguese star has been banned for two games due to a disciplinary action taken against him by FA following Manchester United's 1-0 defeat against Everton last April.

The 37-year-old footballer was all set to play his first game against Al Ta’ee at Mrsool Park in the Saudi Pro League, when he was informed of the ban.

In November, Ronaldo was found guilty of improper and violent conduct by the English FA and suspended for two matches for smashing a teenage fan's phone after the Everton defeat.

Video footage appeared to show Ronaldo angrily taking the phone out of the boy's hand and smashing it on the floor as he walked down the tunnel after the match.

He was handed a £50,000 fine along with the ban, but he could not serve the suspension as his contract with United was terminated. The ban would apply whenever Ronaldo joined a new club.

Ronaldo will now have to serve the two-match ban in the Saudi Pro League and sit out the next two games against Al Ta'ee and Al-Shabab.


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