Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been handed a 5 match ban by the Spanish Football Federation (REEF) for pushing the match referee during the Spanish Super Copa clash against arch rivals Barcelona.

Real Madrid defeated Barcelona 3-1 with the help of goals from Ronaldo and Asensio. The Portuguese striker came in as a substitute in the 60th minute of the match after Lionel Messi cancelled out Gerard Pique’s own goal blunder that gave Madrid a lead 4 minutes into half time.

The game was quiet until Ronaldo came on, he went on to give Los Blancos the required pace and created a quick chance for Marcelo who was denied by Ter Stegan. Ronaldo kept pushing in and scored an absolute blinder in the 80th minute when he made Pique dance around him before dashing a powerful shot into the back of the net. Delighted to score a goal just 20 minutes into the game the stellar forward celebrated the feat in his own way by taking off his shirt which earned him an instant yellow card from the referee.

However the celebrations didn’t fare long as the number 7 was booked again in the 82nd minute by referee De Burgos Bengoetxea for diving to try and win a penalty. The Real Madrid captain thought it wasn’t his fault and expressed his unhappiness by shoving the referee for his decision.

Bengoetxea didn’t react to the situation but was active enough to write down about the incident in the match report where he mentioned “Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro — having been shown the red card, the player pushed me slightly in a sign of his disagreement.”

In 24 odd minutes of the game Cristiano Ronaldo came in, scored a goal, celebrated like Messi did in the last El clasico  when he scored the winner against Real, got booked twice , pushed the referee and earned a total 5 match ban.

The Spanish council has fined the Real Madrid man a sum of $3,543.20 and a 5 match ban (1 red card plus 4 matches ban as punishment) in addition Real Madrid has also been asked to pay $2062.55 as fine.

Ronaldo will miss next 4 La Liga games against Deportivo La Coruna, Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad and the 2nd leg of the Super Cup against Barcelona.

First Published | 14 August 2017 9:55 PM
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