Cristiano Ronaldo to serve one-game Champions League ban

Referee Nestor Pitana consulted VAR and awarded France a penalty during the World Cup Final

Referee Nestor Pitana consulted VAR and awarded France a penalty during the World Cup Final

It means Ronaldo will miss the visit of Young Boys on October 2 but have the opportunity to return to Old Trafford for the clash with United on October 23. The €100-million summer signing from Real Madrid was disconsolate when referee Felix Brych made a decision to send him off after consultation with one of his assistants for what appeared to be a mere tap on Jeison Murillo's head.

He gesticulated to Murillo to get up and appeared to pull the defender's hair before turning away in frustration. The 33-year-old left the pitch in tears, as he was inconsolable following his first red card in the competition.

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg believes Ronaldo's red card was harsh - he claims he would have shown both Murillo and the Portuguese a yellow, and awarded Valencia a free-kick - and thinks a one-match ban will suffice.

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However, UEFA have confirmed that Juve's club-record signing will only have to sit out the next fixture against Swiss champions Young Boys.

Ronaldo was sent off on his European debut for Juventus at Valencia earlier this month and could have faced a two- or three-game ban which threatened his Old Trafford homecoming.

It remains to be seen if his next return will toll the same line or have a different ending. I like to read good articles and a passionate football fan.

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