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Cristiano Ronaldo sits out Al-Nassr clash as veteran serves first two-match ban

BREAKING NEWS: Cristiano Ronaldo will NOT make his debut today as he is forced to comply with a two-game FA ban for smashing a young Everton fan’s phone

Cristiano Ronaldo receives a thunderous welcome on his first days in Saudi Arabia, but not the kind he expected

The self-proclaimed GOAT landed in Riyadh amid the worst weather conditions the Saudi capital has seen in decades and was forced to delay his debut as he served the first game of a two-game ban imposed by the FA in November.

His tumultuous departure from Manchester United And his arrival in Arabia was marked by torrential rains, thunders and lightning forced his debut to be canceled last night and rescheduled for Friday.

Cristiano Ronaldo was officially unveiled as an Al-Nasser player on Tuesday afternoon

Cristiano Ronaldo was officially unveiled as an Al-Nasser player on Tuesday afternoon

But after another day of heavy rain, Al-Nassr announced that the match against Al Ta’ee at Mrsool Park would go ahead.

Ground keepers worked with squeegees and pitchforks to try and clear the swamp like water from the pitch 90 minutes before kick-off in a largely empty pitch.

Stewards wearing blue colored plastic ponchos sheltered from the pouring rain as officials inside prepared to reveal whether their Portuguese showboating star would flout the ban.

Ronaldo arrived at Mrsool Park with his teammates in tracksuits and negotiated ankle-deep in puddles as he entered the stadium 90 minutes before the scheduled kick-off. His image was honored next to a giant screen and in front of the management box for all to see.

His possible debut on Thursday was postponed as heavy rain hit Riyadh on Thursday

His possible debut on Thursday was postponed as heavy rain hit Riyadh on Thursday

Torrential rain caused electrical problems at Al-Nassr field and forced the postponement

Torrential rain caused electrical problems at Al-Nassr field and forced the postponement

Ronaldo’s photo shows him wearing his new club shirt and both fists raised to his biceps.

The Portuguese’s first appearance with the Saudi club was postponed on Thursdaywhen his new club was beset by electrical problems as torrential rain pounded the Saudi capital.

Ronaldo’s expected debut has been thrown into doubt as he has yet to serve a two-match ban he received from the FA late last year for slapping a phone from a fan of Everton in a game last season.

Al Nasr were planning to play the Portuguese superstar in defiance of the suspensionready to pay any fine imposed on him by FIFA, the world governing body.

Heavy rain continued on Friday, but ground guards worked with squeegees and pitchforks to try to clear the water and make the surface playable.

Heavy rain continued on Friday, but ground guards worked with squeegees and pitchforks to try to clear the water and make the surface playable.

Despite torrential rain, Al-Nassr's clash with Al Ta¿ee at Mrsool Park will continue

Despite torrential rain, Al-Nassr’s clash with Al Ta’ee at Mrsool Park will continue

Former Manchester United star put pen to paper on lucrative deal with Saudi club

Former Manchester United star put pen to paper on lucrative deal with Saudi club

Ronaldo was hit with a £50,000 fine and a two-match ban in November for slapping the phone from the hand of a 14-year-old autistic boy as he left the pitch at Goodison Park on 9 April after Manchester United’s 1-0. defeat against Everton.

Sportsmail revealed earlier this week that just before the game was postponed to Thursday Al-Nasr had still not confirmed that he would accept the ban which is backed by FIFA rules.

Ronaldo’s international clearance certificate, however, has reportedly been received by the club and its managers are considering whether he could help them circumvent the restraining order.

While not outright denying that the ban could be flouted, it was believed that Al-Nassr was still hoping he would put on his yellow shirt and make his Saudi Pro League debut in front of a sold-out crowd.

Ignoring the ban, however, could have landed Ronaldo in warmer water and seen the club hit with a huge fine.

Ronaldo has yet to serve a two-match ban imposed on him by the English Football Association in November for slapping a phone from an Everton fan during a game last season.

Ronaldo has yet to serve the two-match ban handed to him by the English Football Association in November for slapping a phone from an Everton fan during a match last season.

On Thursday, it emerged that the Saudis will find it difficult to deal with Ronaldo anyway, with the club unable to register star having exceeded quota of foreign players.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is Al-Nassr’s ninth import from abroad and club sources have told AFP negotiations are underway to sell a current member of the squad in order to respect the limit of eight set by the Saudi Pro League.

“Al Nassr has not registered him yet because there is no vacancy for a foreign player,” an anonymous Al Nassr official told AFP.

“A foreign player must leave to save Ronaldo, either by selling or terminating the contract by mutual agreement.”

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