Cristiano Ronaldo explains why it’s ‘not shameful’ to do that ‘normal’ act in celebration

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The event that resulted in Cristiano Ronaldo’s one-match ban in Saudi Arabia, according to Ronaldo, is “not shameful” and “very normal” in Europe.

Ronaldo just got back from suspension after, while playing for Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League, he made an offensive gesture at the supporters of the opponent.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation suspended the 39-year-old player for one match last month after he responded to calls for “Messi” by pointing to his crotch.

A punishment of 30,000 Saudi Riyals (£6,300) was also imposed on the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

It was decided that Ronaldo had broken Disciplinary and Ethics Regulation Article 57-1, which states: “Any person who causes public excitement by action, word, or gesture during any match shall be suspended for one match, and shall be punished with a fine of 10,000 riyals.”

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Ronaldo has apologized and stated he didn’t mean to offend after serving his suspension.

“I will always respect the cultures of all countries, as I have respected to this day, but not always what people see is reality,” he said during a press conference.

“As I said and I will say again, it is obvious that I will not do it again in this country, but in Europe, it is very normal. “Sometimes the passion and excitement of the game leads us to make some mistakes.”

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Ronaldo’s justification was consistent with his remarks made shortly after the incident: “I respect all clubs. And the joy after the [game] expresses strength and victory, and it is not shameful. We are used to it in Europe.”

In Ronaldo’s absence, Al-Nassr drew 4–4 with Al-Hazem, and after he returned, Al-Raed defeated them 3–1 at home. Across all competitions, Ronaldo has had an outstanding season, tallying 28 goals and dishing out 11 assists.

Al-Nassr is currently 12 points behind Saudi Pro League leaders Al-Hilal, despite his contributions.

The former player for Real Madrid and Manchester United will try to score again on Monday when Al-Nassr plays Al Ain in the second leg of their quarterfinal matchup in the AFC Champions League.

The first leg was lost by Al-Nassr 1-0.

By Shyam
Shyam Sharma who joined SPORTS BIG NEWS in 2021. Focuses on soccer – chiefly the Premier League, LaLiga, UEFA Champions League, Liga MX and MLS. On occasion, also covers American sports, general news and entertainment. Fascinated by the language of sport – particularly the under-appreciated art of translating cliché-speak.