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Cristiano Ronaldo banned for gesture to fans after ‘Messi’ chants

Cristiano Ronaldo banned for gesture to fans after 'Messi' chants

Cristiano Ronaldo, the forward for Al-Nassr, has been suspended for one game for “provoking fans” after the Saudi Pro League victory over Al-Shabab.

Following Sunday’s 3-2 loss in Riyadh, Al Shabab supporters chanted “Messi,” a reference to Lionel Messi, Ronaldo’s longtime rival.

Ronaldo, the 39-year-old captain of Portugal, gestured to the crowd by putting his hand to his ear.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) has also fined him 30,000 Saudi Riyals, or £6,300.

According to the SAFF disciplinary and ethics committee, Ronaldo is not permitted to appeal the ruling.

Ronaldo’s penalty kick put the game ahead, but Al-Shabab rallied twice before Talisca’s winner in the 87th minute.

In December 2022, Ronaldo left Manchester United on a free transfer to Al-Nassr, reportedly receiving the highest football salary in history.

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

 

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