Cristiano Ronaldo banned for five matches

Cristiano Ronaldo has been hit with a five-game ban which means the Real Madrid star will miss the second leg of the Spanish Supercup against Barcelona and the first four games of the Liga season.

Ronaldo was sent off in the first leg, a 3-1 win over Barcelona, on Sunday night as he picked up a second yellow card for diving.

He reacted by pushing referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea, who included the incident in his report. The referee wrote,” Once the red card was shown, the player pushed me slightly in a sign of disagreement.”

Article 96 of the Spanish league’s rules and regulations says such behaviour should be punished with a ban of between four and 12 matches.

Ronaldo has been treated as leniently as possible but on top of the one-game ban for the red card which he will serve against Barca, Ronaldo will now also miss the Liga games against Deportivo La Coruna, Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad as a result.

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