Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri believes Cristiano Ronaldo would have avoided a red card against Valencia if VAR was in use in the Champions League, Skysports reports.
Ronaldo tussled with Jeison Murillo and appeared to put his hand on the centre-back’s head in the 29th minute inside the box, with the official behind the goal signalling for an offence.
German referee Felix Brych consulted with his assistant and opted to send the Portuguese star off.
A tearful Ronaldo left the pitch in disbelief but Allegri maintains he would have avoided a red card if UEFA had opted to approve the use of VAR for Europe’s premier club tournament. “I can only say that VAR would have helped the referee make the right decision,” Allegri said. “Mostly because it was the 29th minute in the first half in a difficult game, to find yourselves with 10 men for a red card, that was not right.
“It could have complicated the situation for us, but the guys have been very good. They played well as long as they had to, until (we were) 2-0 and then we defended with order, leaving them a few shots on goal, but nothing special.”
Despite Ronaldo’s dismissal, Juventus recorded an impressive 2-0 win at the Mestalla Stadium, with Miralem Pjanic scoring twice from the penalty spot.
That leaves them second in Group H behind Manchester United, who sit top after beating Young Boys 3-0 in Bern.