Cristiano Ronaldo has escaped a potential match-ban from UEFA for his celebrations against Atletico Madrid and will instead be punished with a €20,000 fine.
The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) announced on Monday plans to hold an investigation into Ronaldo’s goal celebrations during Juventus’ 3-0 second leg win over Atletico on March 12.
The Portuguese forward headed into the game under immense pressure to deliver in front of the Turin faithful, with Juventus trailing 2-0 in their last-16 Champions League tie against Atletico.
Yet, Ronaldo delivered in spectacular fashion by scoring a hat-trick to seal Juventus a spot in the quarter-finals and a meeting with old club Real Madrid’s conquerors Ajax.
But Massimiliano Allegri’s side were left sweating soon afterwards upon learning of UEFA’s investigation into their star forward for imitating Atletico boss Diego Simeone’s crotch-grabbing celebration from the first leg.
The Argentine was charged himself for improper conduct and later slapped with a €20,000 fine by UEFA, but was free to return to the touchline for the second leg in Turin.
Now UEFA announced earlier today that Ronaldo will receive the same punishment as Simeone and, most importantly, will be available for Juventus’ first leg against Ajax on April 10 in Amsterdam.
“The CEDB has decided to fine the Juventus player Cristiano Ronaldo €20,000 for his improper conduct,” read the statement on the UEFA website.
Ronaldo is currently away on international duty for the first time since last June after missing the last four breaks for Portugal.
The 34-year-old will likely start for Fernando Santos’ side on Friday night in their Euro 2020 qualification opener against Ukraine at Lisbon in Group B, with kick-off set for 20:45 (CET).
Portugal will then host Serbia for their second game just three days later before the players return to their respective clubs next week.