UEFA to Decide Length of Ronaldo Suspension

Tanya Simon
September 21, 2018

Ronaldo and Juventus protested vehemently, albeit in vain.

Emre Can has been heavily criticised on social media for "sexist" comments he made following Cristiano Ronaldo's red card on Wednesday evening.

"My response after seeing the video footage of Cristiano's sending off seemed to have caused some commotion". Everyone who knows me knows about my respect for women, equality and respect.

Can was adamant the decision the referee's decision was wrong, writing: "My intention was to stick up for a team-mate regarding a wrong decision which could have affected our game".

"I sincerely apologise if any of the comments I made caused any harm".

Can was interviewed on German television after the 2-0 victory - but the 24-year-old has faced a backlash online.

And according to former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg, Ronaldo was correct.

Speaking on the incident, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri expressed his disappointment and that insisted it shouldn't have been a red card, adding the VAR technology would had been useful.

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"It was a soft sending-off for Ronaldo, but the letter of the law says you probably can not do that, so I think the one-match ban will probably stick".

"So I hope afterwards UEFA will watch the replays and that we can have something positive for him because he does not deserve it".

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after getting a red card. "It was 100 per cent not a red card".

Juventus manager Max Allegri is adamant that the decision would have been overturned had VAR been available to consult in the Old Lady's Group H opener.

Despite his dismissal from the game, his Italian League outfit still went ahead to win the clash with Miralem Pjanic scoring twice from the spot.

"We risked losing with this - and we'll miss him for the next game too".

"He was upset and he needs time to calm down. He must get over it, and get ready for Sunday [against Frosinone], even if they are situations that leave a bitter taste in the mouth".

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