UEFA to Decide Length of Ronaldo Suspension

Silvia Morton
September 21, 2018

Juventus midfielder Emre Can has apologised for his "we're not women" comments made in the aftermath of Cristiano Ronaldo's red card against Valencia on Tuesday.

Ronaldo, 33, appeared to pull Valencia defender Jeison Murillo's hair on his European debut for the Serie A champions.

Journalists in charge of voting for the Ballon d'Or might also take note of Ronaldo's reaction, which saw him fall to the ground in disbelief and then yell into the air in frustration.

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body may extend the mandatory one-match ban.

Blaise Matuidi defended Juve teammate Ronaldo and demanded the red card be rescinded. He won the first of his five Champions League titles while with United in 2008.

According to UEFA's regulations, "a player who is sent off the field of play is suspended for the next match in a UEFA club competition (i.e. UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League or UEFA Super Cup)".

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

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However, Express Sport understands Juve are confident it won't get to that stage.

Juventus manager Max Allegri is adamant that the decision would have been overturned had VAR been available to consult in the Old Lady's Group H opener.

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.

"It was a soft sending-off for Ronaldo, but the letter of the law says you probably can not do that, so I think the one-match ban will probably stick".

"He was sad after the match, very sad, and we were all sad for him".

"Ronaldo was angry, of course". "It was very harsh, I think if you saw the replays, you could see it's an incomprehensible decision", Matuidi said. "The important thing is we reacted as a team".

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