Ronaldo banned for 5 games after pushing referee

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was banned for five games on Monday after shoving a referee following his red card for diving in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Barcelona in the season-opening Spanish Super Cup.

Ronaldo was suspended for one game for the red card in Sunday’s Super Cup first leg at Barcelona, and four games for pushing referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea in the back, the Spanish football federation said.

Ronaldo will miss Wednesday’s return leg of the Super Cup in Madrid plus the first four matches of the Spanish league season.

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Madrid opens the league on Sunday at Deportivo La Coruna. Its next three matches after that are against Valencia, promoted Levante, and at Real Sociedad.

Ronaldo and Madrid have 10 days to appeal the federation’s ruling.

Still regaining peak fitness after an extended summer vacation, Ronaldo began the Super Cup match on the bench, and came on in the 58th minute.

He scored with a long-range strike to put Madrid 2-1 up moments after Lionel Messi had equalized for Barcelona from the penalty spot.

But Ronaldo’s goal celebration — when he took his shirt off and flexed his muscles — earned him a yellow card.

Source: Trinidad Express http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20170814/sports/ronaldo-banned-for-5-games-after-pushing-referee

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