Cristiano Ronaldo was not included in Al Nassr's squad for Friday's Saudi Professional League match against Al Tai, amid media reports that the Portugal forward was going to make his debut despite having a two-match suspension.
The 37-year-old will miss his first two domestic games for the Saudi Arabian club after being suspended by England's Football Association (FA) for knocking a phone out of a fan's hand after Manchester United's defeat at Everton in April.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been cautioned by police after knocking a phone from a supporter's hand at Everton in April.( @Evertonhub) pic.twitter.com/MY3vVjq5mm
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 17, 2022
According to FIFA's Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP), any sanction of up to four matches that has been issued to a player by their former association must be "enforced by the new association."
Cristiano Ronaldo in the house to support his new club pic.twitter.com/6TaMH8xxbA— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 6, 2023
Super Crossing, Super Header
pic.twitter.com/QLBdf9Lq1Z— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) January 6, 2023
Talisca's 2nd Goal
pic.twitter.com/1boHjMH04u— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) January 6, 2023
The game against Al Tai was originally scheduled for Thursday but was postponed by 24 hours due to heavy rain and weather conditions impacting the stadium's electricity.
(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru Editing by Toby Davis)