Cristiano Ronaldo free to face Manchester United in Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo is free to face Manchester United in the Champions League next month after disciplinary chiefs decided not to increase his ban.

The 33-year-old Juventus forward incurred an automatic one-match suspension when he was sent off for apparently pulling defender Jeison Murillo’s hair during his side’s 2-0 Group H victory in Valencia on September 19.

There were fears that an extended suspension could cost him his trip back to Old Trafford on October 23, but UEFA announced on Thursday afternoon that its control, ethics and disciplinary board had decided one match was sufficient.

A Uefa statement said: “The CEDB has decided to suspend the Juventus Football Club player Cristiano Ronaldo for one (1) UEFA competition match for which he would be otherwise eligible.”

The Portugal skipper will sit out the home clash with Young Boys on October 2 as a result.