It was arguably the most controversial moment in European football this season, which will inevitably be spoken about for weeks to come.
In his first Champions League appearance for Juventus, on his return to Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo received a red card for an off the ball incident with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo.
Ronaldo looked to have made contact with the defender’s hair, and many fans around the world believe the decision was a wrong one.
In the wash up, VAR has again come into conversation, with the Champions League not featuring it this season.
Had the VAR been used as was the case at the World Cup, Ronaldo may very well have remained on the pitch.
“Unfortunately a player who was clearly determined & motivated to perform well on his return to Spain, his return to the Champions League with his new Juventus club, was spoiled by a poor official making a poor decision,” Football Nation Radio’s Adriano Del Monte said on Afternoons on FNR.
“Keep in mind, this is the same official who officiated one game at the World Cup. The one game at the World Cup was the Serbia Switzerland game, the infamous ‘bear hug’ game and he was sent home after that.”
Replays show Ronaldo battling with Murillo and touching his hair, with Murillo going to ground following the exchange.
Referee Felix Brych then consulted with the goal-line assistant and brandished the red card. A bemused Ronaldo was in tears as he received his marching orders.
Whether or not Ronaldo was deserving of the red card, his suspension to come has big ramifications.
The Portuguese superstar will miss one match automatically, however UEFA may decide to extend the suspension.
Following their next Champions League match against Swiss side Young Boys, Juventus will face English giants Manchester United, which would be a return for Ronaldo to Old Trafford. A two-game suspension would ruin that story, while a three-game ban would end his chance of playing against his former club altogether.
It will be a very interesting couple of days that will no doubt interest football fans around the world, as one of football’s best players receives his punishment for a controversial decision