Cristiano Ronaldo receives a ‘one-match ban’ for provoking fans

Al-Nassr forward Cristiano Ronaldo has received a one-match ban for “provoking fans” after the Saudi Pro League victory against Al-Shabab.

Al-Shabab supporters chanted “Messi” – Ronaldo’s long-term rival Lionel Messi – after Sunday’s 3-2 defeat in Riyadh. Ronaldo, 39, responded by cupping his hand to his ear and making a gesture to the fans. As a result, he has been fined 30,000 Saudi Riyals, £6,300, by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, SAFF.

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The SAFF disciplinary and ethics committee stated that Ronaldo cannot appeal against the decision.

Ronaldo opened the scoring from the penalty spot, but Al-Shabab twice came from behind before Talisca scored an 87th-minute winner.

Ronaldo joined Al-Nassr on a free transfer from Manchester United in December 2022 for reportedly the biggest football salary in history.

He has scored 20 goals in 22 league games this season for Al-Nassr, who are second in the table behind Al-Hilal.

 

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