How the Italian media reacted to Cristiano Ronaldo's red card in Valencia 0-2 Juventus

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Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Spain with Juventus ended in controversial fashion on Wednesday night.

Having turned his back on Real Madrid after nine years at the club, Ronaldo set himself the challenge of winning a Champions League title with a third team upon moving to Turin.

However, his hopes of elevating the Old Lady to the top of European football received an early blow when he was handed a controversial red card against Valencia.

Ronaldo played a crucial role in the opening exchanges for Juventus, creating brilliant opportunities for Mario Manduzkic and Sami Khedira.

Nevertheless, he left the pitch in tears just minutes later after an off-the-ball incident involving Valencia defender Jeison Murillo.

Controversy over Ronaldo red card

An alleged kick and attempt to pull the defender's hair was the reason for the red card, but closer angles suggested the decision was rather soft.

UEFA have opened an investigation into the incident and Ronaldo will have an agonising wait to find out the result of the organisation's findings.

If the governing body back the decision of referee Felix Brych then Ronaldo could miss a fairytale return to Old Trafford.

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The Italian media has now reacted 

Given the high stakes of the investigation, numerous parties have waded into the debate and the Italian media is certainly no exception.

Amid all the reporting of the Valencia game, Tuttosport ran a particularly eye-catching response to the red card and journalist Xavier Jacobelli pulled no punches in his report.

Titled 'dedicated to Cristiano Ronaldo,' Jacobelli slammed the performance of Brych and the fifth official by claiming that UEFA should be banning them as opposed to Ronaldo. 

The decision to send off Ronaldo was described as a 'veritable insult to football.'

Brych's overall performance was described as 'scandalous' with the journalist recommending that the referee 'should be expelled from the Uefa ranks for his shameful handling of the match.'

That's not to mention the verdict on Valencia being awarded a last-minute penalty, which Jacobelli described as being 'invented' by the officials.

It's fair to say the Italia media isn't happy, then.

The decision to send off Ronaldo has caused plenty of controversy with everyone from his sister reacting and tempers are clearly running high back in Italy.

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As much as a three-match ban looks harsh after the latest replays, suggestions that the referee should be punished for the red card is taking things too far.

Major names in football still believe Ronaldo was correctly dismissed and there are no suggestions that Brych 'invented' decisions.

Juventus will just have to keep their fingers crossed until UEFA cast their verdict and frankly, controversy is guaranteed no matter what.

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