Monday, 14 August 2017

Ronaldo hit with five-match ban after his red card against Barcelona

Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo has been slammed with five-match ban following his red card in their Spanish Super Cup first leg encounter with Barcelona.

The Portugal International was sent off after he picked up two yellow cards, one for taking off his shirt during celebration after he put Madrid 2:1 ahead of Barcelona in the 80 minutes.

The second yellow came for diving after referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea denied Madrid penalty when he was tacked by Barcelona Samuel Umiti and give Ronaldo a second yellow card and sent him off.

Ronaldo appeared to have push the referee after he was shown the red card and the Spanish Football Association has decided to give the Portuguese a five-match ban.

The Real Madrid are expected to appeal against the ban, for Ronaldo to play the Super Cup return leg on Wednesday.

The five-match ban will make him miss La Liga fixtures away at Deportivo, at home to Valencia and Levante and the away at Real Sociedad.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane express his dissatisfaction for Ronaldo sent off, but he said Real Madrid will try to make sure he plays on Wednesday.

"I'm annoyed that Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off, it might not have been a penalty, but still, giving him a card is ludicrous." He said

"Let's see if we can make arrangements for him to be available on Wednesday. I am truly proud of my players, they played well as 10 and really wanted the win. Now we turn our attentions to the return leg and we need to relax."

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