We still don’t know why Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo got sent off in their Champions League opener this season. But the good news is that he’ll be able to play at Old Trafford after all. That’s because his suspension is only lasting one match, per a UEFA statement.
“The CEDB has decided to suspend the Juventus Football Club player Cristiano Ronaldo for one (1) UEFA competition match for which he would be otherwise eligible,” the statement reads.
And if Juventus were to lose Ronaldo for one match, they’d probably choose the Young Boys clash. Valencia is tougher, of course. And then there’s United, who should rival the Italian giants for the top spot in the group. But again, we still don’t know why Ronaldo got a red card in the first place. Seriously, please look at this and judge it without bias. Feelings about CR-7 aside, this is just silly.
The moment that saw Cristiano Ronaldo see red[?: U.S. only] pic.twitter.com/IB3ffZweXw
— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 19, 2018
In short, it’s a bad joke. But hey, at least he gets to play at Old Trafford on October 23. In 292 competitive matches with United, he found the back of the net 118 times while providing 68 assists. Meanwhile in Serie A, Juve currently top the table with 18 points through six matches. And after a “slow” start, the 33-year-old has three goals with two assists.
This summer, Juve brought in Ronaldo with the hopes of finally getting over their UCL hump. Hopefully this strange suspension is only just a blip on the radar.