Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been handed a five-match suspension after his contentious send off during their 3-1 victory against arch rivals FC Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.
The 32-year-old Portuguese international was given a one-match ban after receiving to yellow cards and extra four for pushing the referee in the back after being given matching orders.
The decision implies that he will miss Wednesday’s return leg at Santiago Bernabeu but has also been given ten days to appeal. While at Nou Camp, Ronaldo came off the bench to score, making it 2-1 for the visitors before taking his shirt of during the celebration.
Moments later, he was booked the second time for diving inside the area when he came under pressure from Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti.
Madrid have already shown interest in contesting the star’s second booking wth manager Zinedine Zidane saying; "Ronaldo's sending-off annoys me because even if it is not a penalty, the card is harsh. We will see if we can do something so that he is available on Wednesday."
Meanwhile, Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea, the match day referee wrote in his report; "Once shown the red card, said player (Ronaldo) pushed me lightly as a sign of his disapproval.”
Ronaldo will now miss La Liga action until September 20th when Real Madrid face off with Real Betis.
Games that Ronaldo will miss:
Barcelona (h)—Spanish Super Cup – 16 August
Deportivo La Coruna (a)—La Liga – 20 August
Valencia (h) —La Liga – 27 August
Levante (h) —La Liga – 9 September
Real Sociedad (a) —La Liga – 17 September