Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri on Saturday said he does not think his Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to be banned from European club competitions for the improper way he celebrated his team's 3-0 defeat of Atletico Madrid this Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League round of 16.
Having scored a hat-trick to lead Juventus to turn around a 2-0 first-leg deficit, Ronaldo seemingly imitated the crotch-grabbing celebratory gesture of Atletico's coach Diego Simeone last month in Madrid after his team scored its first goal in an eventual 2-0 victory over Juventus.
In that case, UEFA decided to fine "Cholo" 20,000 euros ($22,690) for misconduct.
"I think everyone on Tuesday celebrated in his own way. There were 42,000 fans at the stadium - they'd have to ban all of them. It (Ronaldo's celebration) does not seem to be anything special. We do not fear a ban, and there won't be one," Allegri said during a press conference ahead of the away Serie A match against Genoa this Sunday.
For Saturday's game, the Italian Allegri decided to leave Ronaldo off the squad to give him a rest before the crucial part of the season.
The seven-time defending champion leads the Serie A standings with an 18-point advantage over second-place Napoli with 11 league matches to go.
"Cristiano has played a lot of matches so I left him home He will also have two matches with his national team. It would be too much of a risk to make him play," Allegri added.
Since joining the Italian club in a surprising move from Real Madrid during the summer transfer window, Ronaldo has played a total of 36 matches.
Ronaldo, who has scored 19 Serie A goals this season, took part in the decision-making process, according to the coach.
The 34-year-old Ronaldo has been called up for Portugal's upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Ukraine and Serbia on Mar. 22 and 25 respectively.
He made the Portugal squad for the first time since his early exit from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, when Portugal lost 2-1 to Uruguay in the round of 16.