Piers Morgan has called Erik ten Hag's treatment of Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United 'disgraceful' while telling the 37-year-old to find a new club.
The divisive broadcaster has been vocal in his defence of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner who has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford – and stormed out of their win over Tottenham.
Following that early departure he was dropped from the United squad to face Chelsea on Saturday – with Piers finding it necessary to offer his thoughts.
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Piers wrote: "Disgraceful. Ten Hag once again opting to humiliate the greatest footballer in history & Utd’s top scorer last season…
"Cristiano should find another club asap where they treat him with the respect he’s earned."
Ronaldo took to social media to offer a statement of his own shortly after – admitting that things can happen in the 'heat of the moment'.
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He wrote: "As I’ve always done throughout my career, I try to live and play respectfully towards my colleagues, my adversaries and my coaches. That hasn’t changed.
"I haven’t changed. I’m the same person and the same professional that I’ve been for the last 20 years playing elite football, and respect has always played a very important role in my decision making process.
"I started very young, the older and most experienced players examples were always very important to me.
"Therefore, later on, I’ve always tried to set the example myself for the youngsters that grew in all the teams that I’ve represented.
"Unfortunately that’s not always possible and sometimes the heat of the moment get’s the best of us.
"Right now, I just feel that I have to keep working hard in Carrington, support my teammates and be ready for everything in any given game. Giving in to the pressure is not an option.
"It never was. This is Manchester United, and united we must stand. Soon we’ll be together again."
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