Cristiano Ronaldo Handed Ban of Five Matches for Pushing Referee

Cristiano Ronaldo was given a five-match ban after he was sent off and pushed referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea in the match that saw Real Madrid win 3-1 over Barcelona Sunday in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

Ronaldo played 24 minutes, coming in during the second half as a substitute at Barcelona’s home pitch Camp Nou. He scored a superb goal, and then was booked for taking off his jersey while celebrating. He then quickly was handed a second yellow after De Burgos ruled the captain of the Portuguese national team dove in an attempt to draw a penalty.

That was only one major point of controversy in this lively match that also saw an own goal by Gerard Pique that put Real ahead, an equalizer by Lionel Messi on a controversial penalty that Luis Suarez won, and another superb left-footer by Marco Asensio that gave Madrid its 3-1 margin of victory.

The second leg will be played on Wednesday in Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

When Ronaldo was given his second yellow and sent off he pushed the referee, a move that cost him a five-match ban from the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

One match in the ban of five matches is from the red card he was given while the four others were due to pushing the referee.

The referee’s report to the RFEF said that Ronaldo disagreed with his call and the red card and subsequently pushed him slightly.

The disciplinary code for the RFEF appears to be clear that the punishment for that type of behavior even if it was slightly violent, is suspension of between 4 and 12 matches.

At the news conference following the match, Zinedine Zidane the Madrid manager said Ronaldo’s second yellow was too much and he hoped that Ronaldo would be cleared by Wednesday to play in the second leg.

Sergio Ramos the captain for Madrid said after the match that he thought Ronaldo did not dive and the club would appeal the call.

Ramos also told reporters that the referee had erred when he awarded an earlier penalty when Suarez made a dramatic fall in the penalty area when challenged by Keylor Navas the Madrid keeper.

Madrid has little time to appeal any ruling made by the RFEF and in all likelihood the ban will remain even if appealed.