Cristiano Ronaldo Reportedly Set for 1-Game UCL Ban Following Valencia Red Card

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2018

VALENCIA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 19:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus reacts after get a red card during the Group H match of the UEFA Champions League between Valencia and Juventus at Estadio Mestalla on September 19, 2018 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Juventus will reportedly only be without Cristiano Ronaldo for one UEFA Champions League game following his red card against Valencia on Wednesday, meaning he would be available to face former club Manchester United

The Portuguese was sent off in the first half of the clash after it appeared he tugged on the hair of Jeison Murillo. The dismissal carries a standard one-game ban, although UEFA could have extended the sanction to two or three matches.

However, according Richard Tanner of the Daily Mirror, that's unlikely to be the case for Ronaldo. It means that while he would miss the European showdown with Young Boys, he would be available for both matches against former club Manchester United later in the competition.

Here's a look at the moment that saw Ronaldo dismissed:

"There is no right of appeal over the one-game ban, but sources say that disciplinary officials, who have viewed television footage of the incident, do not regard Ronaldo's indiscretion as worthy of an increased punishment, even though he took a long time to leave the pitch amid heated protests," added Tanner.

The dismissal was a disappointing way for Ronaldo to start his Champions League career with Juventus, having joined from Real Madrid in the summer. The Portuguese inspired Los Blancos to win the last three editions of the tournament, as well as four of the last five.

However, throughout his career Ronaldo has been far from perfect when it comes to his disciplinary record, per Sky Sports Statto:

The red card on Wednesday has triggered plenty of debate, though, as many have questioned whether or not the action was worthy of a dismissal.

Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC believes the forward has actually been involved in more serious altercations previously:

Overall, the sending off continued what has been an eventful start to Ronaldo's career at Juventus.

In Serie A it took the forward four games to get off the mark, as he netted a brace in Sunday's 2-1 win over Sassuolo. Prior to that double he'd been frustrated in front of goal, although the team have been performing well, winning all four of their top-flight matches.

Juve also turned in an impressive performance against Valencia on Wednesday after their star man's dismissal, as two Miralem Pjanic penalties gave them a 2-0 win at the Mestalla. 

After three points on the road the Serie A side are now in a strong position to qualify and appear poised to jostle with United for top spot. Having Ronaldo available for those games will not only make for a special occasion, but enhance Juve's chances of a more favourable run when they reach the knockout stages.

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