Ireland fan, 11, is fined over £ 2,500 for running on the Dublin pitch to get Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt

The young girl who walked onto the field to pick up Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal shirt after her game against the Republic of Ireland on Thursday was fined over £ 2,500 for walking on the playing surfaces.

Ronaldo made 11-year-old Addison Whelan’s night by giving her his shirt and hugging her after she ran onto the pitch to meet the striker after the 0-0 Dublin draw.

The avid fan was so overwhelmed with emotion that she ignored the security guards and threw her arms around the Manchester United star for the second time after he gave her the shirt.

But now Miss Whelan has announced that she has received a hefty fine for entering the field of play, but her father will pay the cost.

Speaking to Irish radio station FM104, the 11-year-old said: “I was fined for walking onto the pitch. My father will pay for it.

The young Ireland fan who ran onto the field to pick up Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt was fined over £ 2,500 for entering the field

Addison Whelan, 11, got a shirt and a hug in Ireland’s 0-0 draw with Portugal in Dublin

She also told RTE Radio 1’s Morning Ireland show, “I jumped over the barrier because I was in the second row. I jumped over the first row and over the barrier.

“Then I sprinted onto the field, but security people were walking behind me and two more were coming from the other corner, so I just kept sprinting.

“Then I just screamed Ronaldo’s name. He turned and saw me and told them to leave me.

Miss Whelan (front) has confirmed that her father will pay the fine for entering the pitch

“So I called him. He came over to me. I was just in shock and crying and thinking, “Can I have your jersey? Please please. I’m a big, huge fan. “

Ronaldo, 36, who was approached by another fanatical supporter during the game, took it easy, patted the girl on the head and said something to calm her down.

Miss Whelan was escorted back to the stands, where she proudly held up her shirt for the cameras. It came after a frustrating night for the Talisman after Portugal were held in a 0-0 draw by a persistent Irish defense at Aviva Stadium.

Towards the end of the second half, he rarely found room with defenders – and fans – to head an Andre Silva cross just to get his shot just over the target.

The United star then had another chance with the final attack of the game in stoppage time.

Representatives of the Irish players who felt a lack of threat also directed security to let the fan hit Ronaldo

The fan was close to tears when Ronaldo gave her his match shirt after the 0-0 draw

Despite not winning in Dublin, the draw was enough to bring Portugal back to the top of Group A due to the goal difference with Serbia, which will be hosted in Lisbon on Sunday.

Brighton’s defender Shane Duffy gave Irish gaffer Stephen Kenny clear endorsement after the game despite failing to qualify for Qatar after a disastrous Group A start.

Kenny, who replaced Mick McCarthy at the helm last April, will be out of the contract next summer, but the Irish Football Association is expected to judge his reign to date when evaluating a World Cup qualifying campaign that draws is to come to an end in Luxembourg on Sunday.

When Ronaldo then left the field, the supporter was escorted from the field

The 0-0 draw against Portugal in Dublin on Thursday evening strengthened the conviction that a redesigned team is making significant progress.

Duffy, who won his 50th international that night, said, “I think Stephen is brilliant.

“He had a tough start with all of the Covid” [situation] and players dropped out, resulting in results not going our way.

“But if you think we are not going in a positive direction, then you are writing the wrong things. We are all going in the right direction. There is a difference in the football we play. Fans are thrilled.

“It’s obvious to me that we love to play under him. We all fight for him. Even in the difficult initial situation there, we still fought for him. It’s a sign that players want to play for a manager.

“Everyone in there and the staff in the back room, they’re all amazing. When you walk into that locker room everyone is happy and so it is. ‘

At the beginning of the game, Ronaldo had to dodge another supporter who had invaded the field

The striker had a frustrating night in front of goal and missed the best chance with a header

Kenny’s side improved so much – the heartbreaking defeat in Portugal in September is the only defeat in nine games – that the mood was turned down after a laudable tie at Aviva Stadium in which Cristiano Ronaldo missed a golden chance and was rejected over the death of the youthful keeper Gavin Bazunu was more of a disappointment than a delight.

When asked about the atmosphere in the locker room, 29-year-old Duffy said, “It wasn’t ecstatic, the music wasn’t booming and that shows how far we’ve come.”

Ireland already knew they would not qualify for the World Cup when they faced Portugal and Serbia, who were battling for top spot and automatic promotion from the group.

Despite a poor performance, Portugal still got to the point it needed to get to the top of the group

But the point they added to their record means that if they win in Luxembourg, which Azerbaijan beat Azerbaijan 3-1 in the penultimate qualifier in Baku, they could finish third on Sunday.

Duffy said, “That’s the first thing the manager said after that. We all know the disappointments at the beginning of the group, we didn’t play well enough, but we want to finish the group as strong as possible. Going to Luxembourg to win is the goal and that’s what we want to do.

“In the last four or five games we’ve taken a step forward and the team’s confidence has grown. We didn’t fear them against one of the best teams in the world – it’s a vote of confidence in the way we play and it’s disappointing that we didn’t get the ball into the net. ‘

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