Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged with “improper and/or violent” conduct after video emerged appearing to show him knocking a fan’s mobile phone to the ground.
The incident happened after Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park on 9 April, for which the Portuguese international was cautioned by Merseyside Police.
Now the Football Association has decided to probe the incident.
A spokesperson said on Twitter: “Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3…
“It is alleged that the forward’s conduct after the final whistle was improper and/or violent.”
After the incident, which occurred when Ronaldo was making his way towards the tunnel, the 37-year-old issued a social-media apology for his “outburst” and invited the supporter to watch a game at Old Trafford “as a sign of fair play and sportsmanship”.
Taking to his Instagram account after the match, the Portuguese forward said: “It’s never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments such as the one we are facing.
“Nevertheless, we always have to be respectful, patient and set the example for all the youngsters who love the beautiful game.
“I would like to apologise for my outburst and, if possible, I would like to invite this supporter to watch a game at Old Trafford as a sign of fair-play and sportsmanship.”
Sarah Kelly claimed it was her 14-year-old son Jake – who has autism – who Ronaldo “assaulted”.
And she declined his offer, telling Sky News: “I’ve got nothing to say to [him].”
In response to the FA charge against Ronaldo, who has started just once under Erik Ten Hag in the Premier League this season, United said in a statement: “We will be supporting the player.”