Celebration As Irish FA Makes Statement Over Little Girl Who Received Ronaldo’s Shirt After Beating Security

Celebration As Irish FA Makes Statement Over Little Girl Who Received Ronaldo’s Shirt After Beating Security

  • Addison Whelan had a memorable night during Portugal’s draw with Ireland in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
  • The 11-year-old girl dashed unto the pitch to embrace five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo who handed her his match shirt
  • Contrary to reports that the little pitch-invader had been fined, the Football Association for Ireland has announced that she won’t receive any fine

The Football Association for Ireland has announced that young fan, Addison Whelan, who beat security to meet with Cristiano Ronaldo and receive his shirt will not be fined, SunSport reports.

Earlier reports had it that for racing onto the pitch, the 11-year-old girl was handed a fine of €3,000 which she says her father would gladly pay.

Following Portugal’s 0-0 draw with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, the young girl ran onto the pitch to meet with her idol Ronaldo.

Addison Whelan
Addison Whelan hugs Cristiano Ronaldo's match-shirt. Photo: Tim Clayton
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Despite being frustrated all night by the Irish defence, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner embraced the girl who beat the security operatives stationed inside the stadium.

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The Portuguese captain in his disappointment still showed class in handing her his priceless shirt which Irish keeper Gavin Buzunu had asked for.

And now, the Irish FA has announced that Addison will not be fined for her action, adding that she will get tickets to see her heroes Arsenal play in London

The statement reads via Independent.ie:

“The FAI can confirm that young fan Addison Whelan will not face any fine for approaching Cristiano Ronaldo and receiving his shirt at the end of the Republic of Ireland-Portugal FIFA World Cup qualifier on Thursday night.
“We want to reassure Addison that of course she will not face any fine for running onto the pitch and asking for Ronaldo’s jersey.”

Irish fans applaud Shane Duffy’s man-marking skills

Meanwhile, Irish fans went haywire the moment their defender Shane Duffy was captured with a breathtaking man-marking of Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

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An amazing photo went viral on the internet showing how Ronaldo was prevented from playing his game by hard-fighting Duffy.

The centre-back was challenged for headers all through the encounter even though CR7 remains one of the greatest footballers in the air.

Rafael Leao reveals what it is like to play with Ronaldo, Zlatan

Meanwhile Legit.ng earlier reported a Portuguese international and AC Milan star, Rafael Leao has described what it feels like to be teammates with superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Leao has opened up on his experiences playing alongside the legends despite that he is just 22 years of age.

Speaking during a press conference ahead of Portugal’s match against Northern Ireland, Leao says he learns a lot from both stars.

Source: SportsBrief.com