A strong response from Sarah Kelly, the mother of the "Guy Cheerleader" incident, to Cristiano Ronaldo's invitation
The mother of Jake Harding, the boy who was assaulted by Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, refused to meet the Manchester United star, after receiving calls from his aides to arrange this interview.
Jake Harding's mother, Sarah Kelly, said Ronaldo's representative phoned her and invited her and her son to meet the player at Old Trafford, but she refused the Madeira missile request.
"I have nothing to say to Ronaldo," Kelly was quoted by the British "Sky News" network as saying, adding: "Jake was filming Ronaldo, who was limping due to a leg injury. What Ronaldo did was shocking to my son who suffers from autism. My son is a different person." He cannot accept things and deal with them in the same way that ordinary people interact with.”
Kelly played down Ronaldo's apology on social media, saying: "If he was honest, he would have picked up Jake's phone, which he dropped on the floor, and he simply said I'm sorry."
Commenting on Ronaldo's apology post, which said: "I would like to apologize for my anger, and I want to invite this fan to watch a game at Old Trafford, as a sign of the importance of sportsmanship and fair play," Kelly said: "What sportsmanship is he talking about. What he did with A 14-year-old boy who had nothing to do with sportsmanship."
Kelly explained that her son no longer wanted to sit in the same place where he was attacked, although he still insists on encouraging Everton.
Kelly concluded her speech by saying that she was bullied by United fans, who launched a fierce attack on her through social media.
Liverpool Police have announced that they have opened an investigation into the assault on Jake, and that they are cooperating with the Everton club's management to uncover the circumstances.
A police statement said: "We are coordinating with Manchester United FC and Everton FC following a report of an incident of assault during the match. The report indicates that a child was assaulted by one of the players after the end of the match."
"Investigations are ongoing and officers are currently cooperating with Everton Football Club to review security cameras and conduct extensive investigations with witnesses to determine whether there has been a crime," the statement added.
Liverpool police heard the testimonies of witnesses after a video clip of the incident spread on social media.