Sunday, 21 October, 2018


Emre Can: Juventus midfielder apologises for 'we're not women' comment

Noah Ferguson | 21 September, 2018, 04:58

Leonardo Bonucci defended Cristiano Ronaldo after his red card in Juventus' Champions League win against Valencia.

The 33-year-old was visibly distraught leaving the field after German referee Felix Brych, on the advice of his assistant, Marco Fritz, sent him off for an off-the-ball incident with Jeison Murillo, in which the Portuguese appeared to pull the Valencia defender's hair.

In an editorial entitled "dedicated to Cristiano Ronaldo", Tuttosport journalist Xavier Jacobelli on Thursday railed against the "scandalous" performance of Brych and Fritz, labelling the pair's decision to give Ronaldo his marching orders a "veritable insult to football".

Ronaldo, who was predictably given a hostile reception by the home crowd, could be seen mouthing the words, "I didn't do anything", as he trudged back to the dressing room following the incident.

"Ronaldo will serve a one-match ban but anything more would be harsh". He won the first of his five Champions League titles while with United in 2008.

Ronaldo played for Manchester United between 2003 and 2009 and became a club legend by helping it win three Premier League titles, as well as one FA Cup, two League Cups one UEFA Champions League and one FIFA Club World Cup.

"In case of serious offences, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body is entitled to augment this punishment, including by extending it to other competitions".

He is set to serve an automatic one-match suspension which will rule him out of the home game against Young Boys on October 2.

However, Express Sport understands Juve are confident it won't get to that stage.

UEFA's Executive Committee are due to meet in Lyon on September 27, where it is believed the issue of implementing VAR will be discussed.

The Germany global midfielder added: "I just heard he said it was because of hair pulling".

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi urged UEFA to show leniency.

"Cristiano was very affected for his sending off, I saw him crying", Marcelino, who spoke to Ronaldo after the episode, told Cope. We're not women, we're playing football. "And we are all sad for him".

"Ronaldo was angry, of course. The important thing is we reacted as a team".

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