It has been confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will not face a ban for his ‘cojones’ celebration against Atletico.
The Portuguese forward made the gesture after scoring the second of his three goals in their Champions League second leg game earlier this month.
He was charged by UEFA for ‘improper conduct’ earlier this week.
A statement from UEFA read, per the Independent: “Following a disciplinary investigation conducted by a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector, in accordance with the Article 55 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR), disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between Juventus Football Club and Club Atlético de Madrid, played on 12 March in Italy.”
UEFA’s decision to charge Ronaldo brought about fears that he could be banned for Juventus’ Champions League quarter-final tie against Ajax.
However, he has escaped that punishment, instead just being given a €20,000 fine.
BREAKING NEWS: Cristiano Ronaldo fined 20k € for his gesture against Atlético, no ban
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) March 21, 2019
That’s great news for Juventus, who will need their talisman in their bid to reach the Champions League final.
His punishment is the same as Diego Simeone’s, who also produced the gesture after José Giménez’s goal in the first leg.
Watch Ronaldo’s celebration below:
Ronaldo won't face a suspension (will be fined) for this gesture in the R16 against Atletico Madrid. pic.twitter.com/zlVJUfGJkA
— Neil Macdonald (@NeilMac555) March 21, 2019
Emre Can has defended Ronaldo’s celebration, saying that he should be allowed to celebrates as he wishes.
“I don’t want to evaluate [Ronaldo’s] gesture, but after that of Simeone in the first leg, it must be said that someone like Ronaldo, given the performance, is allowed to respond and celebrate as he wishes,” he said, per the Mirror.
“Everyone in the stadium knew to whom the exultation was addressed. I have a great time with him, I was delighted with his hat-trick because the first leg wasn’t easy for him.
“He had to swallow several bitter mouthfuls and wanted to answer, but the way he did it, with that hat-trick, is incredible.”