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Cristiano Ronaldo banned for one match and heavy fine from Saudi Football Federation

Cristiano Ronaldo Banned and Fine Over Saudi Pro League Incident

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Cristiano Ronaldo banned for one match (Photo: Reuters)

Cristiano Ronaldo banned: Football legend Cristiano Ronaldo has been handed a one-match ban and a heavy fine by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation‘s disciplinary and ethics committee. The incident occurred during Al-Nassr’s 3-2 win over Al-Shabab in the Saudi Pro League last week, leaving fans and pundits stunned by Ronaldo’s reaction to taunts from opposition supporters.

Ronaldo’s obscene gesture has once again created controversy in Saudi Pro League.

The Portuguese talisman, who is a former Manchester United player who joins Al Nassr at the end of 2022 after a second spell, has been the focus of attention since his arrival in Saudi Arabia. The incident came to light when, after a win, Ronaldo responded to Al-Shabab fans who were chanting the name of his long-time rival Lionel Messi by placing his hand over his ear and making an obscene gesture near his pelvis. Were staying.

This is not the first time that Ronaldo has been angered by fans towards Messi in one of his games. Last year, after a defeat to Al-Hilal, he responded to opposition fans by waving a Messi shirt in a manner that sparked controversy on social media.

Ronaldo’s relationship with Saudi fans is deteriorating, making headlines after his injury in an Al-Hilal shirt following the Riyadh Season Cup final defeat. Despite these incidents, he has suggested that football in Saudi Arabia boasts a higher quality than many European leagues.

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Saudi Football Federation Imposes Ban and Fines on Ronaldo

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation rapidly began an investigation into Ronaldo’s actions, reviewing footage of the incidents to assess the available evidence. Subsequently, the federation announced a one-match ban for the Al Nassr captain, as well as a fine of 30,000 Saudi riyals (£6,300).

The ban means Ronaldo will miss Al Nassr’s upcoming Saudi Pro League home match against Al-Hazem. This decision is not appealable, there is no option to challenge disciplinary proceedings imposed by the Football Committee. In addition to the ban, Ronaldo must also pay two fines: 10,000 Saudi riyals (£2,666) to the Saudi Football Federation and an additional 20,000 riyals to Al-Shabab, covering the cost of the fees for filing the complaint.

Ronaldo’s brilliant season adds intrigue as Al Nassr moves ahead of Al-Hilal

Ronaldo’s stellar season in the Saudi Pro League, where he has scored an impressive 22 goals in 20 matches, adds another layer of complexity to the situation. His Al Nassr team currently trails league leaders Al-Hilal by seven points with 13 rounds of matches remaining.

As the football world grapples with the consequences of Ronaldo’s actions, the ban and fine serve as a stark reminder that even the biggest names in the game are not exempt from the consequences of unsportsmanlike conduct. The incident adds to the story of Ronaldo’s eventful tenure in Saudi Arabia, where his on-field prowess was sometimes overshadowed by off-field controversies.

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