Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off in his first Champions League match for Juventus, leaving the Portugal star close to tears as he walked off the pitch.
Ronaldo was dismissed in the 29th minute of Juventus 2:0 Group H-opening win at Valencia on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 after tangling with defender Jeison Murillo.
As Murillo went down inside the area, the Portugal forward gestured for his opponent to get up, then put his hand on the Valencia defender’s head and appeared to tug his hair. Referee Felix Brych showed Ronaldo a straight red card after discussing with his assistant behind the goal.
UEFA rules say, a player who is sent off is suspended for the next match in a UEFA club competition. And in case of “serious offences”, a UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body could increase the punishment and even extend it to other competitions.
The Italian club could appeal the red card decision.
Juventus host Young Boys next in the competition before two straight games against United, with the first match at Old Trafford on October 23, 2018.
Ronaldo who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the offseason, scored his first two goals for the Italian club in their 2:1 win over Sassuolo in Serie A over the weekend.
The Portugal forward is the Champions League all-time leading scorer with 120 goals and led Madrid to the title the past three years in a row.