Cristiano Old Trafford Bound After UEFA Uphold One Match Ban

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Cristiano Ronaldo will be available to play former club Manchester United next month after Uefa ruled he must serve only a one-match ban for his Champions League red card.

The 33-year-old was sent off in Juventus‘ 2-0 win over Valencia last week after appearing to pull defender Jeison Murillo’s hair.

It was the first Champions League red card of Ronaldo’s career. Juventus play United in Group H at Old Trafford on the 23rd of October.

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A three-match ban would have seen the former Old Trafford favourite also miss the return fixture in Turin on 7 November.

He is out of the Turin giants meeting with Swiss club Young Boys on October 2nd.

Five-time Champions League winner Ronaldo – who joined Juve from Real Madrid for £99.2m in the summer was blocked off by Murillo and appeared to pull the defender’s hair

Referee Felix Brych consulted his assistant behind the goal before producing a red card, reducing Ronaldo to tears as he left the pitch.

Unlike the Premier League’s automatic three-game ban for violent conduct, Uefa’s punishments are on a case-by-case basis.