Cristiano Ronaldo: Mother whose autistic son was allegedly ‘assaulted’ by star refuses to meet him

Mother whose 14-year-old autistic son was allegedly ‘assaulted’ by Cristiano Ronaldo REFUSES to meet the Man United star and insists the couple ‘do not owe him a favor’ – as Merseyside Police continue their investigation into the incident

  • Cristiano Ronaldo smashed a phone out of the hand of a 14-year-old autistic Everton fan as he walked down the tunnel Saturday at Goodison Park
  • Ronaldo apologized on Instagram and invited the fan, Jake Harding, to Old Trafford to watch a match
  • Still, the boy’s mother, Sarah Kelly, had no interest in accepting Ronaldo’s offer, adding that she was not impressed with Ronaldo’s apology on social media.
  • She said: ‘As I see it is, if someone assaulted him on the street and then asked us to walk around for dinner, we would not’
  • Merseyside Police are continuing to investigate the incident from the weekend

The mother of the 14-year-old boy, who Cristiano Ronaldo allegedly ‘assaulted’ at Goodison Park by smashing a phone out of his hand, has rejected the Manchester United star’s invitation to Old Trafford.

Sarah Kelly of Wirral took her 14-year-old son Jake Harding to Goodison Park on Saturday for the first time when Everton beat Manchester United.

Jake, who has autism, filmed the Manchester United players leaving the pitch full time when Ronaldo is said to have stroked a mobile phone out of someone else’s hand with videos circulating online of the incident.

Sarah told Liverpool Echo that the phone belonged to Jake and claimed that the Portuguese attacker ‘assaulted’ him by hitting his hand by hitting the phone on the floor.

Merseyside Police are investigating the incident and have appealed for more information.

Sarah said on Monday that she has been contacted by Man Utd and a representative of Ronaldo, but is not happy with the response from any of them.

Regarding the response from the club, Sarah said Echo: ‘United have handled it terribly and it has just made things even worse to be honest.’

In response to Ronaldo’s invitation to Old Trafford – which he described as’ a sign of fair play and sporting spirit ‘and his apology, which she described as’ backhand’, Sarah said: ‘As I see it, if someone attacked him the street and then asked us to walk around for dinner, we would not.

A mother has claimed that the Portuguese superstar 'assaulted' and 'injured' his 14-year-old son by stroking his mobile phone out of his hand full time in Park End

Merseyside Police are investigating footage showing Cristiano Ronaldo smashing a mobile phone out of the hand of a fan following Manchester United’s defeat to Everton

Sarah Kelly posted this message (L) over the weekend, showing pictures of her son's bruised hand

Kelly was critical of Man Utd and Ronaldo in their response to Ronaldo smashing the phone to his son Jake (pictured)

Sarah Kelly posted this message (L) over the weekend showing pictures of her son’s bruised hand – Kelly took her 14-year-old son Jake Harding (pictured together right) to Goodison Park on Saturday

‘Just because he’s Cristiano Ronaldo, why should we do that? It’s like we owe him a favor, but I’m sorry we do not. ‘

Kelly added: “We have kindly rejected the offer to go to United because Jake does not want to go there and he does not want to see Ronaldo.” He has made that quite clear.

‘It’s not my words, it’s my son’s words. In the end, that’s what it’s about.

– It has affected him more than it has affected me, so I have put everything up to him to take a stand for him – he does not want to United, he does not want to go to Ronaldo. The only thing I’m saying right now is that it’s in the hands of the police. ‘

Merseyside Police confirmed they were in contact with both clubs.

In a message on Twitter, they wrote: ‘@MerseyPolice can confirm that they are conducting an investigation following an incident at the # EVEMAN match at Goodison that involved a player as they left the pitch and will speak to all parties involved.’

A spokesman for Manchester United confirmed that the club will cooperate with the FA and police inquiries. Ronaldo took to Instagram on Saturday night to apologize for his ‘outburst’.

Ronaldo had taken to social media to apologize for his

Ronaldo had taken to social media to apologize for his “outburst” after he appeared to knock an Everton fan’s phone out of their hand as he walked down the tunnel at Goodison Park

He said: ‘It’s never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments like the one we face. Nevertheless, we must always be respectful, patient and be an example to all the young people who love the beautiful game.

‘I would like to apologize for my outburst and, if possible, I would like to invite this supporter to watch a match at Old Trafford as a sign of fair play and sportsmanship.’

On the other hand, Mrs Kelly was overwhelmed in her praise of Everton, who have offered Jake a jersey signed by Jordan Pickford and Richarlison, match tickets and the chance to meet the players at some point in the future.

She said: ‘Everton, it’s the People’s Club and they have not half come through for Jake. It has really cheered him up this afternoon. It was great to see, because something good has come out of something terrible. ‘

On Monday, a Merseyside police spokesman said: ‘Following an incident at Goodison Park on Saturday 9 April, we are working with Everton Football Club and have been in contact with the boy’s family. The case is under investigation and we are collecting information. Our inquiries are continuing at this time.

“Anyone with information about this incident should contact Merseyside Police social media via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police Contact Center with reference number 22000243890.”


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