Ronaldo under fire after throwing reporter's microphone into a lake

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 20:00

Portugal star football Cristiano Ronaldo is coming under fire after he threw a television reporter's microphone in a lake.

The reporter believes negative press might have been the reason for his reaction.

Diogo Torres of CMTV tried to conduct a live interview with the Portugal forward early on Wednesday when the incident happened.

Portugal is preparing for their final Group F game against Hungary later in the day.

"I asked Ronaldo if he was prepared for the match," Torres told BBC Sport. "He didn't answer. He grabbed my mic and threw it into the lake.

"I'm not sure why he did it. I think it was a momentary thing. I think he would not have done it if he had thought about it.

"We are a TV channel of a major newspaper in Portugal. We produce a lot of news about him. Some of it he doesn't like. Perhaps that's why he did it. But it wasn't a personal thing.

"I've not had an apology from Ronaldo or the team. We travelled to France on the same plane with the players and will fly back with them."