The Football Association (FA) has accused Manchester United of protesting Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal against Newcastle United.
Ronaldo scored twice quickly into the net shortly after the break in Sunday’s goalless draw at Old Trafford.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s initial kick was called off for a clear offside before he scored again as Newcastle prepared to take a free kick.
Ronaldo stated that the ball was already in play as Fabian Shar made a short pass to Nick Pope, who was supposed to take the free kick.
Referee Craig Pawson disagreed, still holding his hand in the air as Ronaldo grabbed Pope, prompting a furious reaction from the United striker and his teammates.
Nine of United’s 10 outfield players – with the exception of Luke Shaw – surrounded Pawson, who then penalized Ronaldo.
48′ Ronaldo has the ball in the net, but he was offside, so the goal was ruled out. Before Pope took the free kick, Ronaldo took the ball and hit the net, which again failed.
Ronaldo then receives a warning for protesting.
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An FA statement on Tuesday said: “Manchester United FC have been charged with violating FA rule E20.1 following the Premier League game against Newcastle United on Sunday (10/16/22).
“Manchester United are said to have failed to keep their players organized in the 49th minute of this match and the club has until Thursday (10/20/22) to respond.”