Cristiano Ronaldo sent off on Champions League debut for Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo could miss an emotional reunion with Manchester United after being sent off on his Champions League debut for Juventus.

The forward was shown a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident after 29 minutes of his new side’s game at Valencia.

Television replays showed Ronaldo clashing with Jeison Murillo with the Juventus man appearing to kick out at the defender before tugging his hair as he sat on the pitch.

Ronaldo, who has scored 121 goals in the competition, protested his innocence and burst into tears as headed for the touchline.

He will at least miss the home game against Young Boys but could be forced to sit out the double-header against United if he is banned for three games.

Games Cristiano Ronaldo could miss

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Two game ban

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Three game ban

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Ronaldo had scored his first Juventus goals at the weekend in the 2-1 home win over Sassuolo.

His £85million move from Real Madrid came after he won his third Champions League in succession and fifth in total.

This was his first red card in his 154th game in Europe’s elite competition.

Juventus host Young Boys on October 2 before travelling to Old Trafford to take on Jose Mourinho’s United three weeks later.

The Premier League side then travel to Turin on November 7.

Juventus are likely to appeal the decision with the player automatically handed a one-match ban.

According to the UEFA guidelines: "As a rule, a player who is sent off the field of play is suspended for the next match in a UEFA club competition (i.e. UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League or UEFA Super Cup).

"In case of serious offences, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body is entitled to augment this punishment, including by extending it to other competitions."

Speaking about the incident on BT Sport at half-time, Rio Ferdinand, who played alongside Ronaldo at United, revealed what the Portuguese can be like

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"Cristiano Ronaldo can be temperamental," he explained. "You know what he’s like when he’s in the dressing room, he could bite at things sometimes."

Liverpool legend John Barnes felt the decision was harsh.

“I feel very sorry for Cristiano Ronaldo," he said on beIN Sport. “It’s a little trip, he kicks out about.

“I don’t see how the fifth official sees him pulling his hair. That is not a red card – at best its a yellow card for tripping someone.

“Come on, that’s a little tap, that is not a red card offence. If you go by and trip someone you don’t get a red card for that.

“He doesn’t actually yank his hair so for the fifth official to categorically say that he kicked him and pulled his hair?”

Despite being a man short, the Serie A leaders took the lead at Valencia on the stroke of half-time when Miralem Pjanic scored from the penalty spot after Daniel Parejo had fouled Joao Cancelo.

The same player doubled the visitors’ advantage shortly after the break with another penalty.

United meanwhile cruised to victory in Switzerland with Paul Pogba’s double and Anthony Martial’s strike securing all three points.

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