Cristiano Ronaldo has been handed a five-game suspension after pushing the referee in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Barcelona. The Portuguese has been given one game for the initial red card and four more for the subsequent physical altercation. A €3000 (£2727) fine has been added on top of the suspension.
Any appeal will have to wait until Wednesday, the day of the second leg of the Super Copa at the Bernabeu, because of a public holiday on Tuesday. Portugal captain Ronaldo received two bookings in the space of three minutes, with the second coming for a dive which the referee took exception to.
One-game ban for red card (two yellows) vs Barcelona in Super Copa first leg
Four-game ban for pushing referee Ricard De Burgos
€3005 fine for physical confrontation with an official
€1400 fine to Real Madrid
An additional mandatory €800 fine has been handed to Ronaldo for the red card, with the club billed for €350. Ronaldo will return for Real Madrid on September 19 against Real Betis.
Games suspended for
Barcelona home (Super Copa), August 16
Deportivo La Coruna away (La Liga), August 20
Valencia home (La Liga), August 27
Levante home (La Liga), September 9
Real Sociedad away (La Liga), September 16
Ronaldo was shown the red card after being accused of diving (Image: REUTERS)
Frustrated with the decision, Ronaldo turned round to protest to the referee, pushing the official in the back before storming off to the sidelines.
Referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea did not seem fazed by the incident but he did mention it in his report and Ronaldo now faces further action. “Once the red card was shown, the player pushed me slightly in a sign of disagreement,” Bengoetxea wrote in his report.
Ronaldo was booked moments earlier after celebrating his sensational strike
The Spanish Footballer Federation regulations state that any “slight violence” towards officials in the form of a “grab, push or shake” should be punished with a ban of between four and 12 matches.
Ronaldo was initially booked for his trademark celebration where he ripped off his shirt and posed in front of the Barcelona fans. But it proved a costly celebration when he went down in the area, trying to win a penalty.
The referee felt that he threw himself to the ground in a challenge with Samuel Umtiti and quickly brandished a second yellow card. Ronaldo will now definitely miss the second leg of the Super Cup against Real, but could face further action for his reaction when he shoved the referee in anger.
The referee did not appear fazed by the incident, with Lucas Vazquez’s protestations appearing to take his attention away from the incident. Ronaldo’s red card did not affect the game for Real, with Marco Asensio scoring in the closing stages to secure a 3-1 win. Gerard Pique’s own goal had given Real the lead before Lionel Messi equalised from the penalty spot
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