Wed 12 October 2022 | 13:53

Ten Hag confirms Ronaldo won't accept FA charge for Everton incidents

The FA charged Ronaldo for smashing a fan's phone after United's 1-0 win at Everton as the Portuguese was questioned by Merseyside Police for alleged assault and criminal damage. However, his United boss claims his star will plea the charge.

At the end of the last Premier League season,

Cristiano Ronaldo

made headlines during United's away match against


. After the end of this match, which was held in April and ended with United's defeat, Cristiano hit a 14-year-old boy with autism while entering the stadium tunnel.

A video after

Manchester United

’s 1-0 victory got viral that showed Ronaldo smashing a fan's phone as the FA charged the 37-year-old striker for "improper and/or violent conduct". Although Ronaldo issued an apology on social media at the time, Erik ten Hag revealed he won’t accept

the FA charges

as the case now looks set to proceed to a hearing.

Erik Ten Hag

told reporters on Wednesday:

"We have talked about that. He will not accept it."


After submitting a transfer request in the summer, Ronaldo had a disappointing start to the season, scoring one goal across eight Premier League appearances. However, the Portugal captain scored his second goal in Sunday's 2-1 win at



"I want to support him as good as possible,"

Ten Hag said ahead of their Europa League match with

Omonia Nicosia


"We have certain demands from players, what we expect in certain positions. I want to get the best out of him and he's in better shape now and can contribute more."

Asked whether his reason for if the reason for not starting Ronaldo occasionally this season was a lack of fitness, Ten Hag said:

"At the start that was the case.  It's proven once again that no one can miss a pre-season.

"I've had several talks with him and I'm really disappointed for him,"

Ten Hag said.

"We'll see how he develops ahead of Sunday [against Newcastle United]."


United beat


3-2 in the first leg of their group tie as the Dutchman says it is important his side seal

the top spot in their group


"I told the players weeks ago, before the break, it was important to win the group,"

he said.

"We want to win all the games. It's clear, we want to avoid [finishing second].

"I think all the clubs that play in Europe have the same problem. We have a squad to cover that. Injuries and suspensions will happen, but you have to deal with it as a squad."



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