Italian giants Juventus are handed a major boost ahead of the Champions League quarterfinals as their talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo will not be facing a ban after UEFA opened an investigation into his celebration against Atletico Madrid. The forward registered an inspirational performance in the Champions League round-of-16 second-leg as he bagged a hattrick against Atletico Madrid to propel his side to a 3-2 victory on aggregate.
The Portuguese international was praised for his heroics in the match but his celebration against for one of his goal led to a controversy, for which the governing body of the tournament, the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) fined the footballer but did not issue a ban.
It was earlier reported that UEFA will look into the matter and if found guilty Cristiano Ronaldo will be served with a Champions League ban. However, the 33-year-old was just served with a fine of 20,000 Euros for the celebration which was an imitation of Atletico Madrid manager’s celebration in the first leg to mock the opponents after the loss. Following Ronaldo’s goal, he celebrated in the same manner which could be said was a taunt to Diego Simeone and the Atletico Madrid supporters.
Diego Simeone had faced a ban after his celebrations. However, the Atletico coach feels Ronaldo did it for the same reason as himself which was to show the fans that he is the best in the world.
“For sure he did it for the same reason I did it at the Wanda Metropolitano: to show his personality to his fans.” Simeone also hailed Ronaldo as the best player in the world in his post-match comments.
Should he face a ban, it would be a massive blow for Juventus as the quarterfinal fixture will be very crucial and the club would miss Ronaldo, who has been in top form lately.