Cristiano Ronaldo can face Champions League ban for his ‘cojones’ celebration

Cristiano Ronaldo faces an improper conduct charge from UEFA before Juventus resume their bid for Champions League glory against Ajax next month.

European football’s governing body UEFA charged Ronaldo with “improper conduct” on Monday and he could now face a ban from his side’s Champions League quarterfinal final first leg against Ajax.

Ronaldo scripted a fairytale comeback from being 0-2 down in 1st leg to win the Round of 16 tie 3-2. He scored twice with towering headers before converting a penalty in the game’s dying minutes to send Juventus through to the quarter-finals. After completing his hat-trick, Ronaldo repeatedly thrust his hips in the direction of the crowd in celebration. The ‘cojones’ celebration was thought to be a jibe at Atletico boss Diego Simeone, who celebrated in similar fashion after Atletico’s 1st leg victory.

An official statement read: “Following a disciplinary investigation conducted by a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector, 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.”

If UEFA founds Ronaldo guilty then the 33-year-old could face a ban for one to three games, but a fine is more likely. Simeone was also charged for his gesture against Juventus in the 1st leg and was subsequently fined €20,000, rather than serving a touchline ban. So Juventus will also expect the striker to receive a similar punishment.

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