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Cristiano Ronaldo could face a Fifa sanction for his furious reaction to the denial of Portugal’s winning goal against Serbia on Saturday night.

Ronaldo poked the ball over the line in added time to seemingly give his side a 3-2 victory, only for the officials and absence of goalline technology to let the Juventus star down.

Cristiano Ronaldo stormed off and slung his armband to the ground
Cristiano Ronaldo stormed off and slung his armband to the groundCredit: AFP

The goal was not given, leading to Ronaldo losing the plot, screaming at the assistant referee before throwing his captain’s armband to the floor and storming off the pitch.

And Corriere dello Sport have now revealed that the Euro 2016 winner could receive a sanction from Fifa if they deem his reaction to be ‘offensive or violent conduct’.

Article 11 in the Disciplinary Code reads: “Offensive conduct or violation of the principles of fair play” before going into more detail about what that entails.

It says: “Associations and clubs, as well as their players, officials or any other member or person performing a function on their behalf, must comply with the Laws of the Game, the FIFA Statutes and the regulations, directives, guidelines, circulars and the decisions of FIFA; likewise, they must comply with the principles of fair play, loyalty and integrity.”

If he is deemed guilty, Explica report that Article 12 then details the punishment, saying the ban could be ‘at least one match or an appropriate period of time for unsportsmanlike conduct towards an opponent or anyone other than a match official’.

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