Cristiano fined 90kAugust 17, 2007
Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo faces a £90,000 fine after being sent off for butting at Portsmouth this week.
The double Player of the Year was dismissed by referee Steve Bennett after lunging at Portsmouth’s Richard Hughes and will miss Sunday’s derby against Manchester City.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson feels that Ronaldo was a victim of his own reputation but club policy dictates that the Portugal winger must be fined a week’s wages.
The 22-year-old is understood to have apologised to his manager for the lapse that contributed towards United dropping two points. The 1-1 draw at Fratton Park leaves them four points behind Chelsea and City in the Premiership standings after two games.