Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged by The Football Association (FA) over an incident involving an Everton fan following Manchester United’s loss at Goodison Park last season.
A video emerged on social media of United forward Ronaldo appearing to smash a supporter’s phone as he left the field after Everton’s 1-0 Premier League win in April.
The Portugal captain was questioned by Merseyside Police in relation to an alleged assault and criminal damage and received a caution last month.
The FA confirmed on Friday it has now charged the 37-year-old for breaching Rule E3, which relates to “improper and/or violent conduct”.
Ronaldo issued an apology on Instagram at the time, stating: “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.”
Ronaldo has endured a disappointing time of things on the field for United this season, having started just one of their opening six Premier League matches.
He is currently away on international duty with Portugal, who face the Czech Republic on Friday ahead of hosting Spain next week in their Nations League double-header.