UEFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Ronaldo

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He was sent off against Valencia on Wednesday, after aiming a petulant kick at defender Jeison Murillo, before appearing to make contact with his opponent's head as he gestured to him to get up.

Emre Can caused a stir after Ronaldo's controversial Champions League red card.

The referee was greeted by no fewer than three members of Juventus' board of directors at the midway point of the Italian side's 2-0 Champions League victory over Valencia this week.

The 33-year-old was perhaps unfortunate that German referee Felix Brych opted for a red, rather than a yellow, card but there was still risk in engaging with Murillo.

Jose Mourinho's men were inspired by Paul Pogba on the artificial pitch, as the French World Cup victor drilled home a brilliant opener before converting a penalty on the stroke of half-time, and setting up Anthony Martial for the third.

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

"I just heard he (the referee) said it was because of hair-pulling".

If they had deemed otherwise, Ronaldo would have missed his return to Old Trafford in late October and potentially the game in Italy too.

"No, you cannot risk compromising a match and, above all, a competition, from the moment that the straight red could leave to a two-match suspension". First, it took him a lot of matches to be able to score his first goal for the club.

Matuidi admits Juve's players were baffled by the decision. He is forgetting it's a group game but he has been brought in to win Juventus the Champions League.

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