Nedved Defends CR7 Amid Rumours of CL Ban

Juventus director Pavel Nedved does not fear a ban for star forward Cristiano Ronaldo following his controversial celebration after the Serie A champions knocked Atletico Madrid out of the Champions League in Turin.

Juve lost the first leg of their last-16 tie with Atletico 2-0 in Madrid, after which the Liga side’s head coach, Diego Simeone, made a ‘cojones’ gesture in celebration.

And following the full-time whistle in Turin, Ronaldo – fresh from his match-winning hat-trick – made a similar gesture as he celebrated the result in a blatant dig at the Atletico head coach.

However, Nedved believes that his actions do not deserve a sanction and possible suspension.

“I don’t fear a ban,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “It’s a gesture that should remain on the field. The emotions expressed on the pitch should remain there.

“He was insulted a lot in Madrid and also by the fans that came to our home. I understand it, so let’s go forward without any bans.”

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