FIFA has determined that Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo will face nothing further over his yellow card in Friday's match against Israel.
''It was considered that there were not enough elements to open any disciplinary proceedings,'' FIFA said of the Cristiano Ronaldo situation in a statement Tuesday.
Ronaldo had been given a yellow card for dissent in stoppage time in the 1-1 match against Israel. As a result, Cristiano Ronaldo sat for Tuesday's game against Luxembourg. Many speculated that Cristiano had gotten the one game suspension on purpose, giving Ronaldo a clean slate for the playoffs.
Ronaldo has remained mum on the idea.
"I can't talk about that," Ronaldo told reporters. "FIFA is always very attentive to those situations," he added.
Russia looks to take Group F, leaving Ronaldo and Portugal heading for the playoffs for the 2014 World Cup. Although Cristiano isn't sweating the playoffs, there is one possibility he doesn't look forward to.
"France are the strongest we may face," said Cristiano Ronaldo. "They are the only ones I do not want to face."
In other Ronaldo news, his defense of a fan in Miami, Florida has come to light. The fan in question the man had entered the field of play and embraced Ronaldo during the final of the Guinness International Champions Cup last summer, chatting with Cristiano before being escorted out. Cristiano Ronaldo, ever the gentleman, wrote a letter on his behalf pleading for leniency on Ronald Gjoka's behalf, saying "he has a bright future ahead of him and I'd hate to see this future ruined by an error of judgement.
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