Euro 2024: Ronaldo narrowly escapes fan jumping from crowd

Euro 2024: Ronaldo narrowly escapes fan jumping from crowd

Cristiano Ronaldo After the 2-0 win the Portugal star narrowly escaped being hit by a fan who jumped from the crowd to get close to the player. defeat They will face Georgia in the European Championship on Wednesday.

A video widely circulated on social media showed someone jumping over the players' tunnel at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, as Ronaldo was leaving the field.

A manager rushed to protect the former Real Madrid and Manchester United star, and other security staff ran towards the fan, who disappeared from sight.

Ronaldo stopped, looking shocked, but appeared unhurt.

The Portuguese Football Federation confirmed the incident but had no comment. European football's governing body UEFA said it was aware of the incident.

The Gelsenkirchen police said the case was not part of its responsibility.

During the previous match between Portugal and Turkey in Dortmund on Saturday he was confronted by four on-field attackers who wanted to take a selfie.

Ronaldo paused in the 69th minute for a young fan who had dodged stewards and entered the field, but looked disappointed when more fans approached him at the end of the game and after the final whistle.

Portugal coach Roberto Martinez said after the match that the Al Nassr forward was lucky to be unharmed and expressed concerns over his safety.

“We all love fans who idolise big stars and big icons in their hearts,” Martinez said. “But you can understand that it was a very difficult moment. If those intentions are wrong, then the players are exposed and we need to be careful about that.”

UEFA has said security at the stadium is the “top priority” and extra security measures will be put in place to prevent fans wishing to take selfies from entering the field.

Portugal are through to the knockout stage of Euro 2024 despite a shock loss to Georgia and will now play Slovenia in the last 16 in Frankfurt on Monday.

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