News ID: 231661
Published: 0201 GMT September 21, 2018

UEFA to judge Ronaldo red card case next week

UEFA to judge Ronaldo red card case next week
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after receiving a red card during the Champions League match against Valencia at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, on September 19, 2018.
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Cristiano Ronaldo should learn next Thursday if he is banned from playing at former club Manchester United in the Champions League.

UEFA said its disciplinary panel will judge the case of Ronaldo’s first Champions League red card on September 27, AP reported.

Ronaldo tangled with Valencia’s Jeison Murillo, appearing to tug at the defender’s hair, in the first half of Juventus’ 2-0 win on Wednesday.

The UEFA panel studies all red-card cases and has the power to extend the mandatory one-game ban.

Ronaldo will miss a home game against Young Boys on October 2.

The subsequent game for Juventus is on October 23 at Old Trafford, where Ronaldo played for six years. He won the first of his five Champions League titles while with United in 2008.

 

‘Absurd red’

 

Cristiano Ronaldo’s dismissal was “absurd”, said Marcello Lippi, with the Portuguese falling victim to “a hallucination” from the match officials.

Referee Felix Brych, following consultation with a fellow official behind the goal, gave the Portuguese his marching orders, goal.com reported.

That decision was met with bemusement and frustration at the time – along with tears from a five-time Ballon d’Or winner – and those feelings have lingered long after the final whistle in Spain.

Former Juve boss Lippi is among those now calling for action, telling Tuttosport of a bizarre incident involving one of the finest players on the planet, “The red for Ronaldo was because a person had a hallucination.

“You can’t risk compromising a game and, above all, a competition with a moment like that, which could result in a two-match ban.

“Now UEFA should come out and say, ‘gentlemen, we were wrong.’ You can’t go back on it because Ronaldo has already been sent off and the game is over, but a ban would be absurd.

“Therefore, there shouldn’t be one and we immediately implement VAR in the Champions League,” the Italian added.

 “Let’s say that compared to the last few years, Juve is in that group of clubs. Could Ronaldo have completely avoided Murillo? We’re talking about a champion who, before the other night, had never been sent off, and Cristiano had played 154 matches in the Champions League.

“He did nothing wrong against Valencia. The world rightly considers Ronaldo a star, but first of all he’s a lad who is always respectful and very helpful. His tears at Mestalla confirmed that.”

 

 

   
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