Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

UEFA to judge Cristiano Ronaldo red-card case next week

UEFA to judge Cristiano Ronaldo red-card case next week

Ronaldo, who signed from Real Madrid for 100 million Euros in July, had never been sent off in his previous 153 appearances for Real Madrid and Manchester United in Europe's elite tournament.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri felt the video assistant referee (VAR) technology could have helped.

After the match, Massimiliamo Allegri claimed VAR would have reversed the decision - but UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is against the idea of introducing the technology into European competitions, despite it being used across various top leagues.

After leaving the pitch, the five-time Champions League victor, waited by the tunnel entrance before leaving the pitch teary-eyed.

Costa had already been banned for four Serie A matches after spitting at Sassuolo striker Federico Di Francesco, but the Brazilian winger also suffered ankle and groin problems against Valencia that will keep him out for a month.

Despite Ronaldo being inconsolable as he left the Mestalla pitch following his red card, Alex Sandro feels his colleague is putting the incident behind him. Could Ronaldo have completely avoided Murillo?

He further added later on: "To me the decision wasn't the best one, but if that is what the ref saw, what could we do?" After that we got to the final.

"If I had been officiating this game, I would have given Valencia a free-kick and shown a yellow card to each player".

He will find out next week whether his one-match ban is extended.

Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher, meanwhile, said that while it was a soft sending-off, it was still a punishable offence.

Juventus were attacking Valencia's goal from the left-wing when Ronaldo slipped into their penalty area, waiting for a cross.

Instead, Ronaldo's absence had little effect.

Eusebio Di Francesco's side have not won since their opening game against Torino in August, and travel Sunday to Bologna. He said: "We are not prepared to compete consistently with teams at this level".

Just before halftime, Joao Cancelo hit the crossbar with a shot and was then fouled by a high boot to the face while chasing the rebound.

There was a third penalty in stoppage-time, but Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saved Daniel Parejo's kick to preserve the 2-0 win.

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