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Ronaldo slapped with a five-match ban after shoving referee

Cristiano Ronaldo slapped with five match ban by LaLiga
The Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo slapped with five match ban by LaLiga for shoving off the referee

Real Madrid ‘super-Ace’ Cristiano Ronaldo have been slapped with a five-match ban by the League operator in Spain, LaLiga for shoving off the referee after he was shown a red card for diving during a Spanish Super Cup match against Barcelona on Sunday.

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 means Cristiano Ronaldo will 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.

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 Spanish Super Cup win against Barcelona

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