Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo escapes ban but fined for Atletico celebration

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated by gesturing towards his groin with two hands after scoring a hat-trick in Juventus’ Champions League Round of 16 second leg win over Atletico Madrid. 

Ronaldo escaped a ban and will, therefore, be free to face Ajax Amsterdam in the quarter-finals (Reuters Photo)

Ronaldo escaped a ban and will, therefore, be free to face Ajax Amsterdam in the quarter-finals (Reuters Photo)

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo was fined 20,000 euros ($22,712) by UEFA for a gesture he made while celebrating in their Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid last week, European soccer’s governing body said on Thursday.

Ronaldo escaped a ban and will, therefore, be free to face Ajax Amsterdam in the quarter-finals, with the first leg to be played in the Netherlands on April 10.

Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick as the Italian champions overturned a 2-0 deficit from the first leg to win 3-2 on aggregate against Atletico, gestured towards his groin with two hands.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone had celebrated in a similar way after his team’s opening goal in the first leg in the Spanish capital.

The Argentine coach was fined the same amount by UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Committee.

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