Playmaker Cristiano Ronaldo has been handed a five-match ban for pushing referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea during the first leg of the Supercopa de Espana against Barcelona.
Ronaldo successfully scored with a powerful delivery past Marc-Ander ter Stegen, but he received a yellow card for removing shirt during the goal celebration. Shortly after, he has been given another yellow card when the referee ruled that Ronaldo had dived to win a penalty.
The Portugal international responded to the sent off by pushing the official which led to the sanction of Real captain.
The 32-year-old veteran is also charged €3,805 for his actions, while Madrid were fined €1,750.
“Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro—having been shown the red card, the player pushed me slightly in a sign if his disagreement,” the Basque official stated.
According to the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) disciplinary code, punishment for such behavior will mean suspension of four to 12 games.
“Pulling, pushing or shaking, or a general attitude towards the match officials which, even if only slightly violent, without confirming an aggressive attitude on their part, will be punished with a suspension of four to 12 games.”
With this, Ronaldo is expected to miss the second leg of the Spanish Super cup against Barcelona along with other La Liga matches against Deportivo La Coruna, Valencia, Lavente, and Sociedad (check out the best betting odds of the coming match).
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