Published March 22, 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo has been fined € 20 ,000 by UEFA for his celebration during Juventus’ last – 16 Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid.
The 34 – year – old fired his side into the quarter- finals with a hat – trick in the second leg in Turin , overturning Atletico ’s 2 – 0 victory from the first leg .
Ronaldo followed one of his goals by copying Atletico manager Diego Simeone ’s ‘crotch – grabbing’ celebration from the first leg , for which the latter was given a £ 17 ,000 fine .
Simeone said his gesture showed he had the courage to make tough selection decisions . He apologised two days later.
Ronaldo had been charged with improper conduct on Monday , but with the punishment limited to a fine , he will be available for the first leg of Juventus’ quarter-final against Ajax on April 10 .
Meanwhile , Ronaldo’ s Juventus will play the pre – season International Champions Cup in Asia and not in the United States amid the Portugal star ’ s rape investigation there , the New York Times has reported .
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Most of the matches take place in the United States but organisers are planning to play Juventus’ elsewhere amid Ronaldo ’s legal case , eliminating the risk of the Portuguese star being detained by authorities in the US as part of their investigations , the newspaper reported .
Juventus have confirmed their participation in the event with the official programme to be unveiled on March 27 .
Juventus’ games will “mostly likely be in China and Singapore ” , where they will be joined by Premier League teams Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur , the New York Times said .
Ronaldo , 34 , has denied allegations made by former model Kathryn Mayorga that he sexually assaulted her in Las Vegas in 2009 .
Las Vegas police asked Ronaldo to submit a DNA sample in January as part of their investigation into rape allegations made against him .
Contacted by AFP , a spokeswoman for Juventus said that “ going east to Asia was normal after spending recent preseasons in the United States”.
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