Will Ronaldo return to face Manchester United?
Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off during his first Champions League appearance for Juventus as a couple of penalties from Miralem Pjanic gave the Italian giants a 2-0 win in Valencia.
Ronaldo was shown a straight red in bizarre circumstances, being dismissed for an off the ball incident involving Valencia defender Jeison Murillo.
How we didn’t expect Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League debut for Juventus to end...— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 19, 2018
⚪️ With a goal
⚪️ With a hat-trick
🔘 In tears
He’s received his first-ever red card in the competition 😮 pic.twitter.com/VbOqOAh07q
It was Ronaldo's first ever red card in the Champions League, and the Portuguese superstar was reduced to tears by the referee's decision, but what implications will it have for the remaining group fixtures?
A one-game ban is automatic, with no right of appeal. That means Ronaldo will definitely miss Juve's next group game against Young Boys.
Regulations state that in cases of serious offence, their disciplinary body has the ability to extend the punishment.
UEFA could have grounds to increase Ronaldo's ban on the basis of how long it took him to leave the pitch.
A two-game ban would rule him out of the trip to Old Trafford on 23rd October.
If he were to be given a three-game suspension, he would also miss Manchester United's trip to Italy for the reverse leg on 7th November.
Juventus cannot appeal against the automatic one-game suspension, but if it were to be extended to two or three games the club would then have the right to appeal.
Ronaldo has returned to Old Trafford just once since departing in 2009, when Real Madrid were drawn against United in the Champions League in the 2012/13 season.
He scored in both legs of that tie, but refused to celebrate against his former club.
Belfast Telegraph Digital