UEFA announced on Monday that it has opened an investigation into Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo, “for improper conduct” after his gesture at the end of the match in which the Turinese eliminated Atletico de Madrid from the Champions League. The highest European body has also announced on its website that the decision on a possible sanction will be announced on 21 March, Thursday.
The ‘7’ of the ‘Vecchia Signora’ was the great protagonist in the night of last Tuesday thanks to the hat-trick that scored and that meant the victory by 3-0 and the pass of Massimiliano Allegri to the quarterfinals of the tournament. However, after the final whistle, Madeira’s euphoric went to one of the stands of the Juventus stadium and repeatedly made a gesture that seemed to imitate that of Diego Pablo Simeone in the first leg after the 1-0 José María Giménez and by which the continental body simply fined the Argentine coach with 20,000 euros.
“As a result of the disciplinary investigation conducted by the Inspector of Ethics and Discipline, and in accordance with article 55 of the Disciplinary Regulations, disciplinary proceedings have been opened for the improper conduct of the player Cristiano Ronaldo,” UEFA said. The body noted that the Portuguese could have violated Articles 11 (2) (b) and (2) (d) of its regulations and that its Control, Ethics and Discipline Commission “will deal with this case at its next meeting on 21 March.
On Saturday, Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri said he was not afraid of a possible sanction for the Portuguese. “I think that Tuesday has been celebrated in a different way. In the stadium there were 42,000 fans, they should all be sanctioned. I don’t think it’s anything special (Cristiano’s celebration). We’re not afraid of a sanction, and there won’t be one,” Allegri said at the press conference prior to Sunday’s league match against Genoa, where he didn’t play Cristiano and ended up becoming the first defeat of Juve’s Serie A season.