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Cristiano Ronaldo explains his obscene hand gesture at Al-Shabab fans

Cristiano Ronaldo faces fine, two-match suspension for his vulgar gesture towards Al-Shabab fans

By Web Desk
February 28, 2024
Cristiano Ronaldo of Al-Nassr reacts during the Saudi Pro League match between Al-Shabab and Al-Nassr at Al-Shabab Club Stadium on Feb 25, 2024, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. — Yasser Baksh
Cristiano Ronaldo of Al-Nassr reacts during the Saudi Pro League match between Al-Shabab and Al-Nassr at Al-Shabab Club Stadium on Feb 25, 2024, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. — Yasser Baksh

In an attempt to clarify his vulgar gesture during Al-Nassr's Saudi Pro League match against Al-Shabab, Cristiano Ronaldo made fun of comments directed at rival Lionel Messi. 

The Portuguese player, who has expressed his opinions about the event, is reportedly facing a fine and a two-match suspension for his actions, according to Goal.

As per Saudi Arabian publication Al-Riyadiya, Ronaldo said in a statement: "I respect all clubs. And the joy after the shot expresses strength and victory, and it is not shameful. We are used to it in Europe."

For his gesture, Ronaldo faces a suspension and a two-match ban, and Al-Nassr would undoubtedly suffer greatly without him. 

The Portuguese forward leads the division in Golden Boot rankings with 22 goals this season and has scored nine goals in his previous eight Saudi Pro League games.

According to Marca, Ronaldo is still awaiting word on whether he will be punished. 

The Disciplinary and Ethics Committee is likely to make a decision soon. He might be unable to play in the upcoming Saudi Pro League matches against Al-Hazem and Al-Raed if he is banned, but he would be eligible to play in Al-Nassr's AFC Champions League encounter against Al Ain.