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Ronaldo faces disciplinary hearing over goal celebration

Tuesday, 2019-03-19 07:27:05
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Champions League - Round of 16 Second Leg - Juventus v Atletico Madrid - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - March 12, 2019 Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their third goal to complete his hat-trick with Emre Can and Moise Kean. (Reuters)
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Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is facing disciplinary action for his celebration after one of the three goals he scored in last week's 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. UEFA said the Portuguese would face a hearing on Thursday for “improper conduct” during the last-16 second leg match.

* The 2020 Tour de France will get off to a hilly start with two stages around Nice, organisers said on Monday. The opening stage will be a 170-km ride around the Azurean city but is expected to be decided in a bunch sprint finish.

* Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri will miss this month's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Georgia and Denmark due to a groin injury, the Swiss FA said on Monday.

* Rayo Vallecano have sacked coach Michel after seven consecutive La Liga defeats left them second from bottom in the standings, six points away from the safety zone.

* The streaming digital sports service ESPN+ will become the exclusive distributor of pay-per-view events for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the United States, the companies announced on Monday.

* Leicester City defender Wes Morgan signed a one-year contract extension to keep him with the Premier League team until the end of the 2019-20 season, the club said on Monday.

* France's Julian Alaphilippe won a bunch sprint in Monday's (Mar 18) sixth and penultimate stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race over 195km from Matelica to Jesi.

* Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse was drafted into England's squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro as Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and John Stones pulled out due to injury on Monday (Mar 18).

* Champions Chelsea will meet Manchester City in the Women's FA Cup semi-finals following the draw on Monday, while Reading face West Ham United in the other last-four tie.

Reuters, CNA