Cristiano Ronaldo: Can Juventus star play vs Ajax in Champions League? UEFA make decision

March 21, 2019
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Ronaldo grabbed his crotch after hitting a hat-trick in Juventus’ 3-0 win over Atleti in the second leg of their last-16 clash last week.

His celebration appeared to be in response to Diego Simeone, after the Atletico boss celebrated in a similar fashion in his side’s 2-0 win in the first leg.

Simeone was charged with improper conduct for his own celebration.

It was feared Ronaldo might miss the first leg of their quarter-final with Ajax.

But he is free to play as Juve go in search if their first European trophy since 1996.

Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri defended his player after was unequivocal when asked if he thought Ronaldo would receive a ban.

“Absolutely not,” the Italian said.

“I think everyone celebrated their own way on the field and in the stands.

“I saw nothing strange, just a celebration. There won’t be a ban.”

Team-mate Emre Can echoed Allegri’s words and claimed out was a natural response after coming in for criticism in the first leg.

“Ronaldo? I don’t want to assess his gesture,” Can said.

“But after Simeone’s one in the first leg, it must be said that someone like Ronaldo, given his performance, was allowed to respond and celebrate as he liked.

“Everyone in the stadium knew who the celebration was addressed to.

“I feel great with him, I was delighted with his hat-trick because it wasn’t easy for him in the first leg.

“He had to swallow several bitter mouthfuls and wanted to give an answer.

“The way he did, with that hat-trick, was incredible.



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