Ronaldo fined for mimicking Simeone celebration

Ronaldo fined but avoids ban. GOAL

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has escaped a ban for grabbing his crotch in celebration during his side's 3-0 second-leg victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 but did receive a €20,000 fine.

The 34-year-old scored hat-trick to inspire his side to 3-0 win over the La Liga side earlier this month despite losing the reverse fixture 2-0 in February.

The former Real Madrid star will however pay a fine of €20,000 - same punishment given Atletico boss for similar celebration.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates at the end of the match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid.

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During the match on 12 March, the Portugal worldwide was seen gesturing towards fans - mimicking Diego Simeone from the first leg after which the Atlético manager was fined £17,000 for an "obscene" celebration.

Ronaldo was adjudged to have broken articles 11.2b and 11.2d and was charged for improper conduct.

Ronaldo, who returns to Portugal worldwide duty after a nine-month absence later on Thursday, has scored 24 goals for Juventus since signing from Real Madrid for 100 million euros previous year.

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