Cristiano Ronaldo and Tyrone Mings got into an on-field brawl during Aston Villa’s 3-1 win over Manchester United on Sunday.
Just before the hour mark, following a United attack, the two got into a physical altercation as a routine jockeying for position developed into a wrestling contest on the penalty spot.
After receiving a yellow card apiece, the two were eventually separated by players from both sides. The VAR checked the situation for red cards, but nothing was done.
Players competed for the best position in the penalty areas ahead of a potential cross as Aston Villa led 3-1 and United’s youngster Alejandro Garnacho carried the ball forward on the right.
Both Mings and Ronaldo appeared to grip onto each other at the same time, refusing to let go.
When the ball was out of play, the players continued to wrestle while focusing on one another. Mings then fell to the ground with Ronaldo still connected.
Before a violent argument started that resulted in a scrum of players being ran over, Lucas Digne and Douglas Luiz were the first players to arrive to assist separate matters.
Both players were happy to see a yellow card rather than a red one when referee Anthony Taylor displayed it to them after the incident had subsided following a VAR review.
After goals from Leon Bailey and Lucas Digne, the Midlands team quickly took a 2-0 lead. However, a Jacob Ramsey own goal cut the margin in half shortly before halftime.
But early in the second half, Ramsey made it 3-1, and Villa finished the game to get the much-needed three points.
Ronaldo led United despite making it known that he wanted to quit the team and stirring up controversy by refusing to use a substitute during the team’s victory over Tottenham in October.
Cristiano Ronaldo This Season
Cristiano Ronaldo has appeared in 4 games in the English Premier League during the 2022–23 season (plus 6 as a sub). He has taken 19 shots overall, 6 of which have found the goal (1.98 xG).
Cristiano Ronaldo averages 16 passes per game, completes them 77% of the time, and does not provide any assists.
Two cautions and no red cards have been issued to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has appeared in 6 games for UEFA Europa League season 2022–2023 thus far. He has 23 total shots, 7 of which have been on goal, and 2 goals (6.03 xG).
Ronaldo averages 29 passes per game, completes them 86% of the time, and contributes 2 assists.
Ronaldo has been issued one caution and no red cards so far this season.
Tyrone Deon Mings, an English professional footballer who plays center back for Premier League side Aston Villa and the England national team, was born on March 13, 1993.
Mings began his professional career playing non-League football with Yate Town after spending eight years in the Southampton system. He signed on with Chippenham Town, a Southern League Premier Division team, in 2012.
On the final day of the 2012–13 season, Mings made his Football League debut after joining Ipswich Town in December 2012.
He stayed with Ipswich for two more seasons before moving on to AFC Bournemouth in 2015, where he made his Premier League debut in August of that year.
In January 2019, he made a loan move to Aston Villa for the remainder of the 2018–19 campaign, aiding the team in advancing to the Premier League via the Championship Play-Offs. Mings joined Aston Villa on a long-term basis in July 2019.
In August 2019, Mings gained his first call-up to the senior England team.
In October of this year, he made his senior debut. Mings was chosen for the England team in June 2021 in preparation for the UEFA Euro 2020 competition.