Spanish soccer federation took a decision to suspend the Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo for five matches with a fine on top.
The five-match ban meanswill miss a second match against Barcelona on Wednesday, as well as the first four games of the Spanish league season that opens this weekend, unless it is overturned or reduced on appeal.
The incident that led to Monday’s punishment occurred in the 82nd minute of Sunday first-leg Super Cup match at Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium. Ronaldo, running alongside Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti at the edge of the penalty area, fell into the box after the players collided and appealed to the referee, Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea, for a penalty.
But the referee deemed the tumble a dive, and awarded Ronaldo a yellow card for simulation. Since it was Ronaldo’s second yellow of the match, De Burgos Bengoetxea then pulled a red card from his pocket and sent off the forward.
As he turned to head upfield, Ronaldo approached De Burgos Bengoetxea from behind and gently shoved him with his right hand.
Ronaldo also was fined $4,500 (R59927.78). He and Real Madrid, which was fined about $2,000, have 10 business days to appeal the sanctions.
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Having featured in the Confederations Cup for Portugal, Ronaldo only returned to training earlier this month and came on as a substitute in the UEFA Super Cup win over Manchester United and the