Cristiano Ronaldo suspended for one match for obscene gesture in Saudi league game

After allegedly making an obscene gesture during a Saudi Arabian league game while playing for Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League, Cristiano Ronaldo has received a suspension of one match. Following Sunday’s 3-2 victory against Al-Shabab, a rival club from Riyadh, a video of the star football player surfaced online. In that, he was seen repeatedly thrusting his hand forward near his pelvis and cupping his ear, seemingly directed at Al-Shabab fans.

There were background chants of “Messi,” a reference to Lionel Messi, Ronaldo’s longtime rival in football.

On Thursday, the Saudi Arabia Football Federation (SAFF) Disciplinary and Ethics Committee announced the ban on social media. Al-Nassr’s next league match is at home against Al-Hazm on Thursday.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United player must also pay a fine of 20,000 Saudi Riyals ($5,333) to Al-Shabab to cover the club’s costs in filing the complaint, as well as half of that amount to the Federation. The committee stated that the verdict was not open to appeal.

Former players and pundits heavily criticized Ronaldo’s childish behaviour in Saudi Arabia, even if the event was not shown on television.

As per Saudi media reports, the 39-year-old told the committee that the gesture signified victory and was common in Europe.

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