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Champions League: Ronaldo to be available for Manchester United clash

Cristiano Ronaldo will be available when his side Juventus meets his former club Manchester United in UEFA Champions League next month.

The comes after UEFA ruled that the former Real Madrid forward should serve only a one-match ban for his Champions League red card.

The 33-year-old Portugal captain received marching orders from referee Felix Brych during Juventus’ 2-0 victory over Valencia in the European showpiece last week when he appeared to have pulled defender Jeison Murillo’r hair. Ronaldo cried in disbelief.

A three-match ban as the case was earlier would have seen the five-time Ballon d’Or winner miss ties against Swiss side Young Boys and a doubleheader against Manchester United on 23rd October and on 7th November respectively.

The red card was Ronaldo first in the competition. He will miss the clash against Young Boys early next month on 2nd but will be available for selection when the ‘Old Lady’ play the Red Devils at Old Trafford on October 23rd.

Ronaldo, a five-time Champions League winner joined Juve in the summer from Real Madrid for £99.2m.

UEFA's punishments are on a case-by-case basis unlike in the Premier League's automatic three-game ban for violent conduct.

According to BBC Sport, a one-game ban is automatic - with no right of appeal—but UEFA regulation 50.01 for the competition says that "in case of serious offences, the Uefa control, ethics and disciplinary body is entitled to augment this punishment"

By Robert K James 

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