Mourinho allegedly kicks fan up backside… hours after Ronaldo pleads with supporters to stop abusing Madrid boss
11:10 GMT, 12 January 2013
11:11 GMT, 12 January 2013
Jose Mourinho is being investigate by police after allegedly kicking a fan up the backside – but Cristiano Ronaldo has called on supporters to stop abusing the Real Madrid boss.
The Portuguese was reportedly approached for a photograph when out shopping on Thursday but responded by lashing out at the fan while his bodyguard allegedly threw the man's mobile phone to the ground.
Mourinho has denied the claims which come as he struggles at the helm of the Spanish giants.
Tough times: Jose Mourinho has come under pressure at Real Madrid
Madrid are languishing 16 points behind bitter rivals Barcelona in La Liga and face Manchester United in the Champions League next month.
And the Bernabeau crowd have turned on Mourinho in recent weeks, particularly after he dropped Iker Cassilas.
But Ronaldo has pleaded with the supporters to back the boss.
Main man: Cristiano Ronaldo has called on Madrid fans to back Mourinho
'I have to ask that they stop this now,' Ronaldo told reporters after Madrid's 5-2 aggregate victory over Celta Vigo in the King's Cup .
'The boss is going to stay, we still have a lot we can win this year. He is in charge and he takes the decisions, the fans and the players should help him.
'People have shown they are unhappy but that's enough now. They have to get behind the boss and the team. It affects the players out on the pitch. If we win the Cup and the Champions League it will have been a good year.'