Cristiano Ronaldo is facing an anxious wait for a ban decision after he suffered his first Champions League red card of his career during Juventus’ win over Valencia Thursday night.
The Portuguese superstar was shown a straight red at the Mestalla after a clash with centre-back Jeison Murillo in the 29th minute of the game.
The Champions League’s all-time leading scorer with 120 goals, left the pitch in tears after looking baffled and protesting his innocence, following a clash with Valencia’s Jeison Murillo.
German referee Felix Brych discussed the incident with his assistant behind the goal before committing and issuing the striker with only his 11th red card of his career.
A red card in the Champions League results in an automatic one-game ban with no right of appeal, with further punishment being at the discretion of the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary body.
His ban means he will be unavailable for Juventus’ next match, against Young Boys, on October 2 in Turin and could be ruled out of one or both of the games against Manchester United depending on the length of his ban.
A referee’s report will be sent to UEFA HQ in Nyon on Thursday morning, after which they will decide the fate of Ronaldo’s suspension with a charge being carried out later that day.
UEFA regulation 50.01 states: “As a rule, 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).
“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.”
Despite going down to 10-men the Serie A champions raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to two goals from Miralem Pjanic.