May 20, 2009 / 6:56 PM / 10 years ago

Ronaldo in trouble for pulling opponent's hair

Corinthians' Ronaldo (R) holds Botafogo's Fahel during their Brazilian championship soccer match in Rio de Janeiro May 17, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Ronaldo could face disciplinary action after television cameras caught him pulling an opponent’s hair playing for Corinthians at the weekend.

The incident happened as he tussled with Botafogo midfielder Fahel in Sunday’s goalless draw in the Brazilian championships.

“We’ve requested the video of the match and Thursday I am going to analyze it and see if there was an infringement,” said Paulo Schmitt, an official with Brazilian football’s disciplinary tribunal.

“I’ve never seen hair pulling in a football match,” he told the tribunal’s website (http://Justicadesportiva.com.br).

Fahel said he complained to Ronaldo about the incident during the game but did not bear any resentment.

Ronaldo has scored eight goals for Corinthians in his latest comeback following last year’s knee injury with AC Milan.

Writing by Brian Homewood in Buenos Aires; Editing by Ken Ferris

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