Cristiano Ronaldo left the pitch in tears after receiving red card for grabbing opponent by the hair on Champions League debut for Juventus. He could miss both Champions League matches against Manchester United.
The 33-year-old was dismissed during the first half of Wednesday night’s Group H opener in Valencia following an off-the-ball clash with Jeison Murillo and had to be led away from the field in tears.
Ronaldo now faces an expected two-match ban for violent conduct, which would rule him out of the home game against Young Boys and the trip to Old Trafford on October 23. A three-game suspension – UEFA will determine the length of the ban – would also keep him out of the return against United in Turin on November 7.
The Portuguese striker flicked his boot at Jeison Murillo as they clashed together in the 29th minute and the defender fell to the floor. He then appeared to pull Murillo’s hair in an attempt to lift him off the ground and the Valencia players immediately protested to the fifth official behind the goal.
After Referee Felix Brych consulted with his colleague, he gave Ronaldo a red card, leaving the footballer in tears as he made his way down the tunnel.
Juventus coach Max Allegri said: ‘VAR would have avoided what happened, it would have brought the right decision. We hope the suspension will be limited.’
The red card was Ronaldo’s 11th red card of his career but first in the Champions League.