LONDON: Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo was banned for five matches for pushing the referee after he was shown a red card against Barcelona in his team’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup first leg victory on Sunday, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said on Monday.
Ronaldo was sent off in bizarre fashion, collecting a yellow card for taking his shirt off during a goal celebration before being shown a second for alleged diving.
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Upset by referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea’s decision to dismiss him, Ronaldo shoved the official, which landed him in further hot water.
RFEF issued Ronaldo with a €3,005 fine and a four-match suspension in addition to the automatic one-game ban the player was due to serve for his red card.
Ronaldo, who struck a spectacular second goal for a dominant Madrid, will miss the Super Cup second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday and the club’s first four La Liga matches.
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Having featured in the Confederations Cup for Portugal, the striker only returned to training earlier this month.
He came on as a substitute in the UEFA Super Cup win over Manchester United on August 8.