The mom of the Everton fan who was allegedly assaulted at Goodison Park in an incident involving Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday has spoken out over the Manchester United ahead’s “shocking” try at an apology.
Sarah Kelly and her 14-year-old autistic son Jacob Harding had simply watched their first Premier League match collectively when Ronaldo appeared to knock Jacob’s cellphone to the bottom as he left the pitch.
Ronaldo issued a public apology afterward Saturday for “my outburst” which included an Old Trafford invite to “this supporter” however Sarah says that she and her son had heard nothing personally from the membership or participant.
She says that Jacob couldn’t sleep on Saturday night time, that his cellphone is damaged and that he suffered ache to the within of his thumb, in addition to obvious bruising on his hand. Jacob has dyspraxia in addition to autism and so struggles with sure wonderful motor-skills, comparable to holding a pen or fastening buttons and zippers.
“The apology or lack of apology was what angered me even more,” mentioned Sarah. “I believed, ‘How rude – you are telling everybody you have apologised and you haven’t’. OK, you’ve gotten put it out to social media however …you have to be apologising to my son.
“He [Ronaldo] had several hours to ponder on it. He should have found out our contact details… been private, said he had spoken to us and released something. I would have been happy with that.” Sarah spoke to Telegraph Sport on Sunday, nearly 24 hours after the incident, and a consultant of Ronaldo and Manchester United did subsequently contact them.
“As players were leaving the pitch at 2.30pm it was reported that a boy was assaulted by one of the away team,” mentioned a Merseyside Police spokesperson. The Football Association can even examine.
In his assertion, Ronaldo mentioned: “It’s by no means straightforward to cope with feelings in troublesome moments. Nevertheless, we at all times need to be respectful, affected person and set the instance for all the kids.
“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.”