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Cristiano Ronaldo Is at Risk of Being Fined for His ‘Unethical’ Gesture as Disciplinary Committee Reacts to Al Shabab Complaints

Published Feb 25, 2024 | 9:36 PM EST

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Last night’s Roshn Saudi League match between Al Nassr and Al Shabab was a pure nail-biter. Luis Castro’s side clinched a hard-fought away victory in a five-goal thriller. However, the spotlight has shifted away from the scoreline, with Cristiano Ronaldo dominating the post-match chatter due to his controversial celebration. In fact, the Portuguese superstar’s on-pitch antics have landed him in hot water, as the Disciplinary Committee might impose a fine on him following the complaints lodged by Al Shabab.

After the full-time whistle, Ronaldo was shaking hands with the opposition players and congratulating his teammates for the win near the home stand of Al Shabab. Interestingly, fans were chanting Lionel Messi‘s name, which saw Ronaldo first make a hearing gesture. Then, out of the blue, the 39YO stood with both legs wide open and swung his fist near his pelvic area a few times while motioning it toward the Al Shabab fans. The whole moment was recorded by the fans in the stands. 

It also came to the attention of Al Shabab, leading them to appeal to the disciplinary committee. In fact, the Saudi Pro League board has begun the investigation. If Ronaldo is found guilty due to his obscene conduct, then he might land in big trouble. Not just a heavy fine would be imposed but Ronaldo might be at risk of receiving a suspension, forcing him to miss a few games. Notably, this is not the first unethical gesture from Ronaldo. 

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Earlier, he made a similar gesture in the recent Riyadh Season Cup against Al Hilal. Either way, it remains to be seen what action the committee takes. Meanwhile, let’s talk about Ronaldo’s emphatic feat that helped Al Nassr make a brilliant comeback.

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A new milestone for Cristiano Ronaldo as Talisca inspires Al Nassr to make a comeback

Cristiano Ronaldo broke the deadlock in the 21st minute with a decent penalty. With this strike, he has reached a remarkable tally of 877 career goals. However, just before halftime, Yannick Carrasco equalized with a penalty as well, marring the celebratory mood of CR7. Minutes after the game restarted, Anderson Talisca made it 1-2 for Al Nassr, but it looked like Al Shabab wasn’t ready to give up. 

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Carlos again equalized to double the home side’s lead. Luckily, in the 86th minute, Talisca managed to find the winning goal. Additionally, things went downhill for Al Shabab as their substitute, Abdullah Radif, was sent off in injury time. In the end, Al Nassr managed to steal the crucial three points. However, worry circles back to the shocking gesture from Ronaldo. Only time will tell what kind of punishment he will receive. 

What are your thoughts on Cristiano Ronaldo’s post-match gesture? Let us know in the comments.

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Abhishek Mishra

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Abhishek Mishra is a senior Soccer Writer at EssentiallySports. His early exposure to playing soccer earned him many accolades at college divisions, making him a sports enthusiast. While closely following daily updates for over a decade, Abhishek is well-versed in European soccer and now the MLS, as well.
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Jayant Chhabra