Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo will serve only a mandatory one-game ban for his first-ever red card in the Champions League. UEFA’s disciplinary panel has decided not to add a further sanction to the mandatory punishment. As a result, the Portugal international is now clear to face former club Manchester United when Juventus visits Old Trafford on October 23.
A UEFA statement said: “The CEDB has decided to suspend the Juventus Football Club player Cristiano Ronaldo for one (1) UEFA competition match for which he would be otherwise eligible.”
Ronaldo was shown the red-card in the season-opener against Valencia. Ronaldo appeared to pull the hair of defender Jeison Murillo before being given the marching order.
It was the first time he was sent off in 15 years of playing in the Champions League.
The Juventus striker left the pitch in tears after seeing red for the off-the-ball incident. He couldn’t launch an appeal against the straight red received in the 29th minute at the Mestalla. The former Real Madrid stalwart, who was making his Champions League debut for Juventus, clashed with Murillo before the Valencia defender fell theatrically to the ground.
An annoyed Ronaldo then reached down and appeared to grab the hair of the defender. In the next moment, Murillo stood up and squared up to the Juventus forward. Things then got worse for Ronaldo as the referee showed him a straight red just before the half-hour mark.
His dismissal, however, did not affect Juventus much as two penalties from Miralem Pjanic saw the Italian beat Valencia 2-0 to walk away with all three points. The Serie A champions will be looking to continue their winning start when they take on Young Boys without Ronaldo.
Ronaldo will return to action in the continental showpiece at Old Trafford before facing his former side in Turin on November 7.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 games for United between 2003 and 2009. He won three Premier League titles, the Champions League and the Club World Cup before leaving for Real Madrid.