Ronaldo Suspended for Obscene Gesture in Saudi League

 Ronaldo Suspended for Obscene Gesture in Saudi League

Ronaldo Suspended for Obscene Gesture in Saudi League

Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for one match after allegedly making an offensive gesture during a Saudi Pro League game while playing for Al Nassr.

Following Al Nassr’s 3-2 victory over Riyadh rivals Al-Shabab on Sunday, video footage appeared to show Ronaldo cupping his ear and repeatedly thrusting his hand forward near his pelvis, seemingly aimed at Al-Shabab fans.

Background chants of “Messi,” referring to Ronaldo’s longtime football rival Lionel Messi, could be heard.

On Thursday morning, the Saudi Arabia Football Federation’s (SAFF) Disciplinary and Ethics Committee announced the ban. Al Nassr’s next league game is at home against Al-Hazem on Thursday evening.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United star will also have to pay a fine of 20,000 Saudi Riyals ( $5,333) to Al-Shabab, to cover the costs of the club filing the complaint. And half of that amount to the federation.

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The committee said that the decision was not open to appeal.

While the incident was not captured by television cameras. The action was widely criticised in Saudi Arabia by former players and commentators.

It is not the first time that the Portuguese forward has been at the centre of controversy since joining Al Nassr. Last April, upon leaving the field after a game against Al Hilal. Ronaldo appeared to grab his genitals as fans chanted Messi’s name. On that occasion, Al Nassr said that the forward had sustained a groin injury in the match.

Ronaldo, who joined the Riyadh-based club in December 2022, currently leads the league with 22 goals. He scored the opening goal against Al-Shabab with a first-half penalty.

Al Nassr is also in the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League, which the club has never won.

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