Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the best football players in the world, has been charged with improper conduct by UEFA following his hat trick celebration that knocked Atletico Madrid out of the Champions League.
The Juventus superstar appeared to imitate Atletico boss Diego Simeone, who grabbed his crotch in the direction of his own fans after his side’s second goal over Massimiliano Allegri’s team in the first leg, which resulted to disciplinary action.
In last week’s 3-0 win, Ronaldo made a similar gesture after converting his penalty kick that completed the remarkable comeback with a 3-2 aggregate win against Atletico.
To those who don’t know, Simeone was fined €20,000 or about $22,700 for his celebration. Meaning, Ronaldo’s punishment will probably around the same. It can be a little bit costlier too.
UEFA will rule on the said case on March 21, 2019.
The UEFA statement said: “Following a disciplinary investigation conducted by a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector, in accordance with the Article 55 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR), disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between Juventus Football Club and Club Atletico de Madrid, played on 12 March in Italy.
Charges against Juventus Football Club:
“Improper conduct of player Cristiano Ronaldo – Art. 11 (2) (b) and Art. 11 (2) (d) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will deal with this case at its next meeting on 21 March 2019.”
Moving forward, the Bianconeri have been drawn to play Dutch side Ajax in the quarterfinals of the Champions League on April 11..
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