Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus forward charged with improper conduct by UEFA over controversial celebration


Ronaldo, 34, netted a sublime hat-trick to overturn the round of 16 tie in dramatic fashion for the Serie A champions and his 'cojones' celebration was said to have been a clear message sent to Atleti manager Diego Simeone.

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Simeone, who was fined £18,000 by UEFA for the same actions during the first-leg, in which he was seen grabbing his crotch area in the direction of the home supporters.

The UEFA statement said: "Following a disciplinary investigation conducted by a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector, in accordance with the Article 55 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR), disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between Juventus Football Club and Club Atlético de Madrid, played on 12 March in Italy.

"Charges against Juventus Football Club:

"Improper conduct of player Cristiano Ronaldo – Art. 11 (2) (b) and Art. 11 (2) (d) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will deal with this case at its next meeting on 21 March 2019."

According to The Daily Mirror, the case will be heard on March 21, but it seems unlikely that the five-time Ballon d'Or will be suspended for his actions.