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

Committee says Portuguese star will have to pay fine of $2,666 to SAFF, and 20,000 riyals to Al-Shabab
Al Nassr’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during a Saudi Pro League match against Al Shabab at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh on February 25, 2024. Reuters
Al Nassr’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during a Saudi Pro League match against Al Shabab at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh on February 25, 2024. Reuters

Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for one match after appearing to make an obscene gesture following Al Nassr’s 3-2 win over Al Shabab, the Disciplinary and Ethics Committee of the Saudi Football Federation (SAFF) said on Wednesday.

After the final whistle on Sunday, social media videos captured Ronaldo cupping his ear before repeatedly pumping his hand forward in front of his pelvic area. The action appeared to be directed at the rival Al Shabab supporters.

In the background, chants of “Messi” could be heard, referencing Ronaldo’s long-term football rival from Argentina.

The committee said the Portuguese star would have to pay a fine of 10,000 Saudi riyals ($2,666) to the Saudi Football Federation, and 20,000 riyals to Al-Shabab to cover the costs of the complaint filing fees.

The committee said the decision is not subject to appeal.

In April last year, the 39-year-old Ronaldo appeared to grab his genitals while on his way to the dugout following the end of a league game against Al Hilal, which Al Nassr lost 2-0.

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