Cristiano given one match ban after appeal

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo will be available to play former club Manchester United next month after Uefa ruled he must serve only a one-match ban for his Champions League red card.

The Portugal captain, 33, was sent off during Juve’s 2-0 win over Valencia last week after appearing to pull defender Jeison Murillo’s hair.

It was the first Champions League red card of Ronaldo’s career.

Juventus play United in Group H at Old Trafford on 23 October.

A three-match suspension would have seen Ronaldo also miss the return fixture in Turin on 7 November.

He will definitely miss Juve’s next Champions League game against Swiss club Young Boys on 2 October.

Five-time Champions League winner Ronaldo – who joined Juve from Real Madrid for £99.2m in the summer – tried to latch onto a cross when he was blocked off by a tumbling Murillo.

He gesticulated to Murillo to get up and appeared to pull the defender’s hair before turning away in frustration.

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