Cristiano Ronaldo may get to return to Old Trafford to face old club Manchester United after all despite being shown a straight red card in Juventus’ win over Valencia.
The Portuguese superstar was given his marching orders in the 29th minute at the Mestalla after a clash with center-back Jeison Murillo.
Ronaldo tussled with the Colombian as he broke into the penalty area, and when Murillo fell to the ground Ronaldo reacted angrily and seemed to grab him – albeit rather lightly – by his hair.
The £88m man left the pitch in tears, seemingly denied a reunion with United, with many fans assuming that he faces an automatic three-match ban.
However, the rules in the Champions League differ from those domestically, with red card offences only carrying an initial one-match ban.
UEFA’s rules and regulations explain: ‘As a rule, a player who is sent off the field of play is suspended for the next match in UEFA cup competition (i.e. UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League or UEFA Super Cup).
‘In case of serious offences, the UEFA Control, Ethics, and Disciplinary Body is entitled to augment this punishment, including by extending it to other competitions.’