Now French legend and former Real Madrid player, Zinedine Zidane, avowed his own judgment.
He said about the tackle:
â€œI saw the play on telly and yes, itâ€™s ugly.â€
He continued by clearing Cristiano Ronaldoâ€™s image which has been even more tarnished through this elbow incident:
â€œHe didnâ€™t deliberately attack him [Mtiliga]. Cristiano isnâ€™t a violent player, surely not.
â€œWhat happened really hurts; they are actions that I donâ€™t like to see. But you canâ€™t say that he is a violent player.
â€œHe scored two good goals and Iâ€™m sure heâ€™s not happy by his dismissal.â€
In the final of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Zinedine Zidane head butted Italyâ€™s Marco Materazzi and was therefore given his marching orders.
The French legend ended his international career with a red card but he received the support of millions around the world who understood that Zidane reacted by provocation.
In Cristiano Ronaldo’s case, the majority of the public is against the Portugal and Real Madrid superstar.
Angela Asante, Cristiano Ronaldo Fan Editor