Massimiliano Allegri calls for VAR after Cristiano Ronaldo's red card

Ruben Holloway
September 20, 2018

The night was meant to be all about Ronaldo's first Champions League appearance for the club he has tormented so often down the years for Real Madrid.

Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri led calls for the introduction of video assistant referees in the Champions League after Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off during the win at Valencia.

Match official Felix Brych made the decision to red-card Ronaldo following consultation with the fourth official.

The striker was sanctioned for grabbing Jeison Murillo's hair while the Colombian defender was on the floor, having previously fallen after a clash with Cristiano.

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"He was very upset, even crying, because he said he didn't do anything wrong", he said, according to Marca.

Eventually Ronaldo was forced to smile in disbelief before heading off the pitch.

Real Madrid are kicking off their Champions League defence against Roma and are looking to make it four in four on the trot.

Ronaldo was sent off for an off the ball incident in the first half.

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Mariano Diaz came off the bench and found the top corner with a superb curling effort from outside the area to complete the rout in stoppage time as the hosts secured all three points from the clash to make it a flawless night for the defending champions.

Ronaldo hasn't had the best of starts to his stint at Juventus.

Former United defender Rio Ferdinand tweeted that Juventus have "surely got to appeal this", but former Celtic forward Chris Sutton said Ronaldo had "only himself to blame. definite red".

Pogba bossed midfield on the artificial pitch and fired United ahead in the 35th minute with a goal of the highest quality, while he added a second from the penalty spot just before the break.

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