Cristiano Ronaldo charged by UEFA following offensive goal celebration against Atletico Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo charged by UEFA following offensive goal celebration against Atletico Madrid

- Cristiano Ronaldo's goal celebration is now being investigated by European governing body UEFA

- The Juventus striker scored a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in their Champions League last 16 tie

- Ronaldo will be anxiously awaiting UEFA's final decision on March 21 if he will miss the match against Ajax

Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged by UEFA for improper conduct during Juventus' Champions League win over Atletico Madrid.

The Portuguese talisman mimicked the crotch-grabbing celebration which saw Atletico manager Diego Simeone hugged major headlines during the first meeting between both sides.

Ronaldo then became the subject of a disciplinary investigation by European football’s governing body.

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And it is understood that the 34-year-old acted out of line during their second leg round of 16 Champions League encounter against the Spanish side in Turin.

The Bianconeri have now be drawn to face Dutch side Ajax who knocked out Ronaldo's former club and defending champions Real Madrid.

It is unclear if the ex-Manchester United star will be playing any part in Juventus campaign against the Amsterdam giants in the quarter finals.

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Ronaldo who was rested in Juve's first Serie A loss of the season to Genoa over the weekend, is anxiously waiting to discover if any action will be taken against him.

A statement released by UEFA confirming the charge of improper conduct against Ronaldo read: “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.

“The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will deal with this case at its next meeting on 21 March 2019.”

The Italian champions are not expecting drastic measures to be taken by UEFA, believing Ronaldo will be available for the two-legged meeting with Ajax.

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Coach Massimiliano Allegro has said: “Absolutely not. I think everyone celebrated their own way on the field and in the stands. I saw nothing strange, just a celebration. There won’t be a ban.”

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Massimiliano Allegri believes UEFA will not ban Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of next month’s UCL quarter-final clash against Ajax for ‘cojones’ goal celebration, following Juventus' 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid.

The Portuguese star, who was on top of his game netted three times, cancelling out Atletico's 2-0 advantage from the first-leg, to ensure Juventus progress to the quarter-finals. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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