Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo has lashed out on Spanish officials for handing him a 5-match ban which will keep him out from Wedneday’s second leg clash of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona by calling the decision ‘exaggerated’ and ‘ridiculous’.  

The 32-year-old took to Instagram and shared image of the controversial incident when he received his marching orders against Bacrelona in the first leg of Super Cup at Camp Nou.

“Impossible to be immune to this situation, 5 games !! It seems to me exaggerated and ridiculous, this is called persecution! Thanks to my teammates for the support and the fans !!!,” Ronaldo posted on social media. 

The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Wednesday dismissed Real Madrid’s appeal against the five-match ban imposed on their star forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo was handed the ban after he pushed the referee following being sent off during the 1-3 win over Barcelona in Spanish Super Cup first leg on Sunday, reports Efe.

Ronaldo was “suspended for one game for double booking and his consequent sending off,” the federation said in a statement, adding, “four games for breach of Article 96 of the federation’s Disciplinary Code”.Real Madrid, Real Madrid vs Barcelona, Football, Ronaldo, Madrid, La Liga, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo

The Competition committee announced on its website that it had upheld its one match ban for the red card Ronaldo was shown, and the other sanction for four more matches for pushing the referee.

Ronaldo, who entered the field in the 58th minute to replace French striker Karim Benzema, was first booked for taking off his jersey as he was celebrating a spectacular goal in the 79th minute.

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Three minutes later, he got his second yellow card after the referee decided that Ronaldo’s vying for the ball with Barça defender Samuel Umtiti had breached the game’s rules.

The federation’s punishment means Ronaldo will not be able to take part in the second leg match later on at Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

(With inputs from IANS…)