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‘Petulant’ Ronaldo told to set better example

United legend Cristiano Ronaldo has been slammed for his “petulant” behaviour at Goodison Park.

Ronaldo made headlines on Saturday’s after United’s 1-0 loss at Everton when he allegedly slapped a mobile phone out of a teenage Toffees supporter’s hand while he limped down the tunnel.

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan criticised the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s attitude and insisted he should buy a new phone for 14-year-old Jake Harding.

However, Jordan believes the Portugal captain shouldn’t face police action after the incident.

Jordan told talkSPORT: “I think we need to be careful with using the word assault. What you have seen is a player behave petulantly… we need to be careful how we categorise things.

“It was inappropriate from Ronaldo, whatever fit or peak he is in, whatever he is not used to. He is not used to playing in teams which lose in the manner Manchester United do, he has not played his career in teams that lose like this, but he has time to get used to this.

“You don’t ever get used to being a loser, if you have been the winner all your life, do you? So, his behaviour is unacceptable. He should absolutely apologise. He should buy the kid a new phone. These are things you should want to do, because, ultimately, you have behaved badly for a moment.

“But, to take it in to an assault, and take it up the gears and take it in to some idea that football players are bringing the game in to disrepute, I think it is stretching it a little bit.

“This is a player who has reacted poorly, who probably did not even focus on what he was doing, probably just pushed it away, and ultimately what has happened is a kid’s phone has been pushed on to the floor.

“There is no excuse where someone as iconic in people’s minds.”

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