UEFA takes disciplinary action against Ronaldo

UEFA takes disciplinary action against Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is consoled by teammate Federico Bernardeschi after receiving a red card during the Champions League, group H soccer match between Valencia and Juventus.

It is certain that Ronaldo will miss the next game against Young Boys and his ban could be extended if UEFA chooses to take further disciplinary actions following the report submitted by the match referee.

Ronaldo, however, is yet to discover the full consequences of his dismissal.

The 33-year-old was sent off during the Italian champions' 2-0 win over Valencia on Wednesday for tugging the hair of defender Jeison Murillo. Ronaldo was seen protesting against a dive by Murillo and he put his hand on the Colombian defender's head.

He has lined up against United twice since his move to the Bernabeu, scoring in both games as Real Madrid knocked Sir Alex Ferguson's side out of the Champions League in 2013. He has won the Ballon d'Or five times, the joint most with Lionel Messi.

Meanwhile, Valencia coach Marcelino said Ronaldo was "very affected" by his red card and even cried on his Champions League debut with Juventus.

The case will be dealt with by UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary panel next Thursday.

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However, Express Sport understands Juve are confident it won't get to that stage. Juventus would also be allowed to appeal.

UEFA's Executive Committee are due to meet in Lyon on September 27, where it is believed the issue of implementing VAR will be discussed.

"I just heard he said it was because of hair pulling".

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi urged UEFA to show leniency. The referee saw what he saw - not very well - and we overcame the obstacles.

We've seen many occasions in football when the referees have been a little unfair to the players or a team.

"We risked losing with this - and we'll miss him for the next game too".

"Ronaldo was angry, of course".

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