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JUVENTUS CHIEFS TO QUERY RONALDO’S REACTION UPON SUBSTITUTION IN AC MILAN WIN

Juventus chiefs will ask Cristiano Ronaldo to explain his actions when he returns from international duty, says Gazzetta dello Sport.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s angry reaction to being substituted in Juventus’ weekend win over AC Milan has not gone down well at all at the Serie A champions.

After being taken off in the 55th minute of the 1-0 victory, Cristiano – who was also displeased at being replaced against Lokomotiv Moscow in midweek – walked straight down the tunnel and is reported to have left the Allianz Stadium before the final whistle.

Speaking post-match, Juve coach Maurizio Sarri sought to explain the Portuguese’s anger, commenting: “He was upset because he’s not in good shape. He has a small injury to his knee.”

But despite Sarri publicly playing down the incident, reports in the Italian media say Fabio Paratici and Pavel Nedved, Juventus’ sporting director and vice-president, respectively, will sit down with Cristiano after the international break to ask him to explain his actions, and advise him against a repeat of the episode.

According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, the Bianconeri will look to resolve the matter discreetly and avoid it turning into a long-running controversy. The newspaper adds that the 34-year-old will be warned over his behaviour, but not fined.

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