Blaise Matuidi defended Juve teammate Ronaldo and demanded the red card be rescinded.
"He will feel like he was letting his team-mates down in that moment, but I expect him to play in both games against Manchester United", he submitted. "My response after seeing the video footage of Cristiano´s sending off seemed to have caused some commotion", the German global wrote on Twitter.
"The comments made were never focused on nor meant to degrade women, women's football or equality in any form", added the 24-year-old, who joined Juventus from Liverpool in the summer. Everyone who knows me knows about my respect for women, equality and respect.
"So I hope afterwards UEFA will watch the replays and that we can have something positive for him because he does not deserve it".
"The contact looked very slight and I cannot see how the additional assistant, standing some 20 yards away, could deem it violent conduct", Clattenburg said.
Article 15 of UEFA's regulations states that bans of more than one game are for offences such as abusive language towards a match official, serious assault or for receiving a caution or red card on objective. "One hundred per cent, that is not a red card".
"I sincerely apologise if any of the comments I made caused any harm".
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri also wasn't happy with the red card and suggested that UEFA should consider introducing VAR.
Juventus manager Max Allegri is adamant that the decision would have been overturned had VAR been available to consult in the Old Lady's Group H opener.
"Going down to 10 men in the Champions League for an incident like that is disappointing". "And we are all sad for him".
"He was disappointed, but it takes time to calm down".