UEFA takes disciplinary action against Ronaldo

Lynette Rowe
September 23, 2018

UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge the case of Ronaldo's first Champions League red card on September 27 to determine if he will miss more than the one game.

He was controversially red carded in the midweek Champions League win over Valencia following an altercation with defender Jeison Murillo, adding further scrutiny to his early performances for his new side. "They played well as long as they had to, until (we were) 2-0 and then we defended with order, leaving them a few shots on goal, but nothing special".

The German apologised on Thursday for causing any offence but Smith believes the midfielder's comments on the women's game were misplaced. Ronaldo will miss a home game against Young Boys on October 2. "If you give cheap goals away it is hard".

Reacting emotionally to the referee's decision, Ronaldo fell on the ground in disbelief and left the pitch with teary eyes and frustration.

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"I don't know too many players who would receive a one-match ban after getting sent-off [with a straight red], it is going to be more than that".

"I would like to state that the comments made were never focused nor meant to degrade women, women's football or equality in any form", Can wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. "Mostly because it was the 29th minute in the first half in a hard game, to find yourselves with 10 men for a red card, that was not right".

However former Manchester United star Darren Fletcher reckons there's a different reason for Ronaldo's tears.

"I heard that it was for him pulling hair". "It was very harsh, I think if you saw the replays, you could see it's an incomprehensible decision", Matuidi said. He won his first of his five Champions League titles while with Man United in 2008.

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