Juventus’ opening UEFA Champions League match of the season started in a bitter note, when Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for a trifle off-the-ball incident with Valencia’s Colombian centre-back, Jeison Murillo at the edge of the home side’s penalty box .
After referee Felix Brych had consulted with his fifth official, a direct red card was brandished in the direction of the CR7.
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What CR7’s Sister has to say
The sister of Cristiano Ronaldo has launched a furious attack on her brother’s critics following Wednesday’s red card, accusing them of trying to destroy him while promising that justice will be served.
“Football’s shame… justice will be served,” Katia Aveiro fired in a post published on her Instagram account. “They want to destroy my brother but God never rests. Shameful.”
Reaction from Players and Managers
Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus Manager: VAR would definitely would have helped the referee make a decision. It was only 29th minute of a difficult match and to be left with 10 men on the pitch, during such a difficult match for a badly-judged sending off, could have made things very complicated. However, the players have done extremely well have played good football until the second goal and then defended the scoreline extremely well, with composure, leaving our opponents with very few chances. It takes time to calm down , he (Ronaldo) was really upset because of this unfair sending off, but we need to move on and start thinking about Sunday’s game at Frosinone. These episodes can leave a bad taste in mouth, but it is important to react positively now.
Emre Can, Juve Midfielder: “That’s supposed to be a red!?” “I just heard that he said it was because of hair pulling. We’re not women, we’re playing football. “If you’re giving that as a red card, you can be sent off for any foul. One hundred per cent, that is not a red card.”
Darren Fletcher, ex-Red Devils team-mate: “Just knowing how much Ronaldo cares, I’ve seen it in training. He gets so angry and so competitive. He is forgetting it’s a group game but he has been brought in to win Juventus the Champions League. Maybe he thinks it’s the semi-final. In reflection, he’ll be a little embarrassed by it but it shows you how much he cares and how intense he is. He wants to impress at his new club. I see it as he’s passionate for the game, at his age, he feels like he’s let down his team.”
Ronaldo leaves the pitch in tears after a red card pic.twitter.com/alqXU4V5Zw
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How’s this not a red card but when Ronaldo touches another players hair he gets a red card ???? these refs are ruining the game ???? pic.twitter.com/Hailbkc393
— Salar Samimi (@soccerking4u) September 20, 2018
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