According to an ‘upset’ Cagliari president, Cristiano Ronaldo should have been sent-off before grabbing his hat-trick on Sunday against the club. The club’s president Tommaso Giulini is ‘upset’ with the Portuguese and accused him of ‘dangerous play’ that ought to have earned him a red card.
Ronaldo should have been sent-off for putting the safety of Cagliari goalkeeper Alessio Cragno at risk with ‘dangerous play’, Tommaso Giulini reiterated.
The Juventus ace delivered a match-winning performance against his team on Sunday by scoring a first-half treble to help the Old Lady beat Cagliari 3-1 in Serie A.
However, if Giulini had his way, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner would never have got the hat-trick, instead be headed for the tunnel with a sending-off.
In the club president’s argument, Cristiano Ronaldo should have been sent-off with a straight red card in the 14th-minute after his boot caught Cragno in the chin while the score was still just 1-0. The clash left the goalkeeper with a cut on his face afterward.
Now to Giulini’s annoyance, the referee only gave Ronaldo a yellow card, which then allowed the star to continue in the game and would go on to score two more goals against his club to complete a ‘perfect’ hat-trick that handed Cagliari a 15th defeat of the season.
“I am truly disappointed by the way my players approached this,” Tommaso Giulini told Sky Sport Italia.
“But I am above all upset that Ronaldo was not sent off, as that incident could’ve changed the game. It was dangerous play, it put the safety of our goalkeeper at risk and therefore ought to be punished with a red card.”
“This is what the rulebook states.”
Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus are now preparing for their next league game against Benevento on Sunday afternoon.