Ace footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is scheduled to make his Saudi Pro League debut after serving the two-match suspension imposed by the English Football Association. The suspension was imposed on Ronaldo in November last year, for his ‘phone-hitting offense’.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut match for his new club Al Nassr got extended after the Saudi Arabian club’s league match against Al Ta’ee was postponed due to an electrical issue brought on by heavy rain at Mrsool Park.
Al Nassr is hoping to reschedule the game for Friday, but if they are unable to do so, Ronaldo will miss the possibility of serving the first match of his two-match suspension.
Al Nassr said,
“Due to heavy rain and weather conditions impacting the stadium`s electricity, we have been officially informed that tonight’s match against Al Ta’ee is postponed for 24 hours. We apologize for any inconvenience caused to fans and wish everyone safe travels.”
Ronaldo signed a 2.5-year contract with USD 75 million per year with Al Nassr on December 30, 2022. As per FIFA regulations, in case a player is transferred to another nation before serving the complete suspension, the suspension must still be served by the player.
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If Ronaldo is unable to play against Al Ta’ee or in the January 14 fixture against Al Shabab, his first opportunity to play for Al Nassr will be against Al-Ettifaq at Mrsool Park on January 22.
However, Ronaldo’s suspension would extend to the matches against Al Shabab and Al-Ettifaq if the match against Al Ta’ee can’t be rescheduled. This would lead to delaying his debut until the Saudi Super Cup semifinal match against Al Ittihad in Jeddah on January 25.
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