Cristiano Ronaldo says he hopes Gonzalo Higuain isn’t punished too severely after the AC Milan striker was sent off against Juventus on Sunday.
The Argentinian forward, who missed a penalty earlier in the clash, argued with the referee’s decision to award him a yellow card.
Match official Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni then responded to Higuain’s actions by showing him a red card.
At this point the striker, who is on loan from Juventus, lost all control and erupted into a fit of rage.
Ronaldo put his hand on the 30-year-old’s shoulder but this only seemed to make matters worse. Higuain waved his arms furiously, shouted at Ronaldo and pushed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
The AC Milan star was eventually shepherded off the pitch but not before he let his grievances known to former team-mate Giorgio Chiellini.
When asked what Ronaldo had said to Higuain, he told Sky Sport Italia: “I told him to calm down, as he risked an even heavier ban.
“He didn’t do much, he was irritable at losing the game, that’s understandable and I hope he is not punished too severely.”
Following Juve’s 2-0 win, Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso admitted his star forward “needs to learn to control himself”.
“I do hope Pipita [Higuain] apologises to the referee for his attitude,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “He needs to learn to control himself more. I saw how much pressure he felt on his shoulders, taking a penalty against his old club, anyone who has played football knows that emotions can get to you in these situations.
On the victory, Ronaldo added: “I am very happy, especially for the team, because playing away to Milan is always very difficult,” CR7 told Sky Sport Italia.
“Winning 2-0 at San Siro is no mean feat. It was important to win, because Napoli beat Genoa last night and we had to keep our distance.”