Cristiano Ronaldo Facing Reported Ban for Crude Gesture to Rival Fans After Lionel Messi Chants

Cristiano Ronaldo Facing Reported Ban for Crude Gesture to Rival Fans After Lionel Messi Chants

Fred Kennedy
updated at February 27, 2024 at 7:23 AM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo clashed with Al-Shabab fans on Sunday during a match
  • The supporters trolled the Portuguese forward with 'Lionel Messi' chants
  • Al-Nassr won the league match, with Anderson Talisca netting the winner

Cristiano Ronaldo risks a reported fine or even a ban after he taunted rival fans with a 'crude' gesture while in action for Al-Nassr.

The Portuguese football legend was part of the Al-Nassr team that battled Al-Shabab to a 3-2 away win on Sunday, February 25.

Al-Shabab equalised twice during the tie before Anderson Talisca scored the winning goal with just four minutes left on the clock.

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Saudi Pro League match between Al-Shabab and Al-Nassr. Photo by Yasser Bakhsh.
Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Saudi Pro League match between Al-Shabab and Al-Nassr. Photo by Yasser Bakhsh.
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However, the greatest highlight of the match was an incident involving Ronaldo and the rival fans in the closing stages of the match.

TalkSport has reported that the five-time Ballon d'Or award winner taunted the home supporters with a seemingly obscene gesture.

Al-Shabab fans had been jeering the 39-year-old throughout the match and he even had 'Lionel Messi' chants aimed at him at some point.

Ronaldo facing possible ban

The veteran forward responded to the chants with an 'obscene' gesture shortly after Talisca's winner, with the moment caught on camera and circulated online.

SPORTbible reports that the veteran forward is set to receive a two-match ban for Al-Nassr after a disciplinary committee allegedly probed the incident.

While nothing has been confirmed yet, the Al-Nassr superstar is also said to be in line to pay a significant fine as punishment.

The development was reported by Saudi Arabian outlet, Arriyadinya, which claimed:

"Al-Riyadiya sources: The Disciplinary Committee is moving to suspend the Portuguese captain for two matches and fine him due to unsportsmanlike behaviour."

Sadio Mane complains to Ronaldo

In other news, Sports Brief also reported on an incident that saw Sadio Mane complain to Ronaldo during the game against Al-Shabab.

It is unclear what the ex-Liverpool star was furious about, but he seemed to have disagreed with some decisions made in the first half.

Mane had endured a difficult game and was replaced late in the second half as the Knights of Najd secured a hard-fought win on the road.

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Fred Kennedy has a Bachelor's degree in journalism (Daystar University), currently working as a Sports Editor. He has more than five years of experience in digital journalism.