Bonucci defends Juventus pal Ronaldo after red card: Murillo caused it first

A UK Mirror report claims, Europe's football governing body, UEFA are unlikely to extend the mandatory one-game suspension to two or three games, thus allowing Ronaldo to be eligible to face Manchester United on October 23.

Despite playing for more than an hour with 10 men, Juve were comfortable 2-0 winners at the Estadio Mestalla as Miralem Pjanic converted a pair of penalties either side of half-time.

Ronaldo was dismissed on his Champions League debut for Juve after a clash with Jeison Murillo was spotted by the assistant referee and communicated to German referee Felix Brych, who drew a red card from his top pocket.

Reacting emotionally to the referee's decision, Ronaldo fell on the ground in disbelief and left the pitch with teary eyes and frustration. He won the first of his five Champions League titles while with United in 2008.

Juventus midfielder Emre Can is criticised for "sexist" comments he made following team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo's dismissal against Valencia on Wednesday.

However, Express Sport understands Juve are confident it won't get to that stage.

"VAR would've helped the referee in this decision", said the Juventus coach.

UEFA's Executive Committee are due to meet in Lyon on September 27, where it is believed the issue of implementing VAR will be discussed.

"He was sad after the match, very sad, and we were all sad for him".

"Ronaldo was angry, of course".

"Cristiano was very affected for his sending off, I saw him crying", Marcelino, who spoke to Ronaldo after the episode, told Cope. "The important thing is we reacted as a team".

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