Manchester United has been hit with a massive punishment after a Cristiano Ronaldo-led meltdown in a 0-0 draw with Newcastle United last month.
The Portugal icon attempted to capitalize on an ambiguous free-kick situation before sliding it past Nick Pope and claiming a goal. However, referee Craig Pawson dismissed the strike.
Following that, the Man United team encircled the referee in a heated protest before being charged by the FA. The FA has now fined Manchester United £42,000 for the incident, but the Red Devils have faced worse punishment for similar conduct in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea. Man United was fined £82,000 in total for both matches.
According to the FA, Manchester United “failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly manner.”
“The free-kick was slightly in the wrong area, and obviously Fabby’s [Schar] rolled it back to me and walked off,” Toon keeper Nick Pope remarked at the time.
“I think you can see from everyone’s body language that he’s not going to accept a free kick.” I believe the referee handled it immediately, and credit to him for making the correct judgment and squashing it right away.”
Manchester United, like Liverpool and Tottenham, has been charged in their games against Newcastle. Both Liverpool and Newcastle were punished after a bench brawl. Spurs were fined £20,000 after a furious complaint to the referee following Callum Wilson’s lob in the Magpies’ 2-1 win last month.