Cristiano Ronaldo "finding he doesn't have Madrid protection"

Virginia Santiago
September 22, 2018

The Portuguese superstar was shown a straight red card for a tussle with opponent player Jeison Murillo in the 29th minute of the Group H match between Juventus and Valencia.

And Lippi could not hide his bemusement at the decision, which saw Ronaldo break down in tears on the Mestalla pitch.

A one-match ban is guaranteed, meaning he will sit out Juve's game at home to Young Boys on October 2.

The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control's Ethics and Disciplinary Body next Friday, Sept. 27.

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It was feared that Ronaldo could be banned for more than one match if the incident was deemed to be violent conduct.

If you're giving that as a red card, you can be sent off for any foul.

Despite Ronaldo's dismissal, Juventus recorded an impressive 2-0 win at the Mestalla Stadium, with Miralem Pjanic scoring twice from the penalty spot.

Despite that, World Cup victor Lippi said the decision signalled the need for VAR to be introduced in the Champions League.

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Cristiano Ronaldo should escape an increase on his one-match ban in the Champions League but Juventus' star summer signing might not get off so easily in the race for the Ballon d'Or.

He continued: "A lot will depend on the referee's report as well".

He told BBC Radio Five Live: "Just knowing how much Ronaldo cares, I've seen it in training".

"With VAR, seeing the way in which Ronaldo was sent off, we have to pay attention to what is done", Simeone was quoted as saying ahead in his press briefing ahead of Saturday's LaLiga clash with Getafe.

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"But we realise the suspension would be absurd, so no suspension and let's immediately introduce VAR in the Champions League".

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