According to the Daily Mail, Cristiano Ronaldo must serve a two-match suspension that he received from the English Football Federation on November 23 for smashing a fan’s phone during Man United’s defeat to Everton last season.
Article 12, paragraph 1 of FIFA’s regulations on the status and transfer of players provides: “Any disciplinary sentence up to 4 matches or up to 3 months is imposed by the former Football Association against a player but not completed by the time the transfer takes place will be transferred to the new league where the player plays.”
Earlier, the FA also spoke about Ronaldo’s case: “We do not care about the relationship between Ronaldo and MU. This penalty applies to matches where Ronaldo should have been registered or played. If Ronaldo leaves before MU has completed two official matches, the suspension will apply to any new clubs he joins.”
Thus, fans will likely have to wait until January 21, when Al Nassr encounters Al Ettifaq to see Ronaldo play. Tonight (January 5), the former MU star will still come to the field to cheer the new team.
Ronaldo has just made a grand debut in front of the media and 28,000 fans at Mrsool Park. The appearance of the Portuguese superstar created a fever. His number 7 shirt sold out, while Al Nassr’s website was also down due to too much traffic.
In his opening speech for the new club, the 37-year-old striker had geographical confusion: “Moving to South Africa is not the end of my career. I have a full career in Europe. I won it. I got everything and now it’s time to find a new challenge. Many teams in Europe, Brazil, USA and Portugal wanted to sign me, but I fulfilled my promise to Al Nassr.”
Tuan Nguyen | 07:40 05/01/2023