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Cristiano Ronaldo to serve 1-game Champions League ban

September 27, 2018
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Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after receiving a red card during the Champions League, group H soccer match between Valencia and Juventus, at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo will serve only a mandatory one-game ban for his first-ever red card in the Champions League.

The UEFA disciplinary panel’s decision not to add a further sanction clears Ronaldo to face former club Manchester United when Juventus visits Old Trafford on Oct. 23.

Ronaldo will miss only Juventus’ home game against Young Boys on Oct. 2.

Ronaldo tangled with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo, appearing to tug at the player’s hair, in the first half of Juventus’ 2-0 win last week.

It was the first time he was sent off in 15 years of playing in the Champions League.

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