Cristiano Ronaldo

Official: Cristiano Ronaldo avoids ban for celebration vs Atletico

Cristiano Ronaldo will not be hit with a European ban for his controversial celebration during Juventus’ clash with Atletico Madrid last week.

Juventus vs Atletico

Juve welcomed Atleti to the Allianz Stadium last Tuesday night, in the second-leg of the Champions League last-16 showdown between the clubs.

Visitors Atletico headed into the matchup as overwhelming favourites to book their spot in the tournament’s quarter-finals, on the back of their dominant and thoroughly-deserved 2-0 first-leg win at the Wanda Metropolitano last month.

Jose Jimenez and Diego Godin did the damage in Madrid, striking the latest blow to Juventus’ hopes of clinching their first Champions League crown in over 20 years.

Juve turn it around

However, what subsequently unfolded over the 90 minutes in Turin last week saw the Bianconeri secure a comeback for the ages.

After seeing a 3rd-minute strike from Giorgio Chiellini ruled out by referee Bjorn Kuipers, Juve went on to take the lead on the night just short of the half-hour mark, as Cristiano Ronaldo buried a back-post header beyond Jan Oblak, following a pinpoint delivery from Federico Bernardeschi:

And Ronaldo was back at it again to level the aggregate score shortly after the interval, with goal-line technology having played a crucial role in confirming that the 34-year-old’s header had in fact crossed the line, despite the best efforts of Oblak:

Juve were running Atletico ragged all over the pitch, with Diego Simeone’s men having looked absolutely shell-shocked throughout proceedings.

And the relentlessness of the hosts eventually saw the Bianconeri add their tie-clinching 3rd four minutes from time, as the irrepressible Federico Bernardeschi was adjudged to have been felled in the Atletico box, allowing man of the hour Ronaldo to step up and rifle home the ensuing spot-kick, in the process booking Juventus’ place in the Champions League’s final-8:

Ronaldo’s ban threat

However, on the back of the dust settling following a momentous evening for all associated with Juventus, a number of worrying reports quickly circulated throughout the European media, suggesting that Cristiano Ronaldo may be hit with a European ban.

The claims came on the back of Ronaldo mocking Diego Simeone’s ‘cojones’ celebration at the Allianz Stadium last Tuesday night, with UEFA having subsequently confirmed earlier this week that they had opened an official investigation into the incident:

Ronaldo hit with fine

If Juventus’ star man had been found guilty of aiming his celebration towards the travelling Atleti fans, he could, in theory, have faced a ban for the Old Lady’s Champions League quarter-final tie with Ajax.

But, as confirmed across social media this evening, Ronaldo has avoided a suspension, with UEFA having instead settled on a 20,000 Euro fine for the Portuguese international:

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