Cristiano Ronaldo banned for five games after Supercopa red card

Cristiano Ronaldo will be banned for five Spanish games after he was sent off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win against FC Barcelona in the Supercopa first leg on Sunday.

Ronaldo was handed a one-match ban for being shown two yellow cards and a further four for pushing the referee in the back after he had been sent off.

The Spanish football federation (RFEF) released a statement that read: “On the first account, Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo will be suspended for one game after receiving two yellow cards, the first for taking off his jersey while celebrating his goal and the second for simulation. The club have also been fined €350 and the player €800.

“On the second account, Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for another four games for infraction of article 96 of the disciplinary code, with a €1,400 fine for the club and a €3,005 fine for the player.”

The first booking against Ronaldo at the Nou Camp was for taking off his shirt to celebrate his goal after making it 2-1 and the second was for an alleged dive, meaning that he will miss the second Supercopa leg on Wednesday.

However, the player will still have 10 days to appeal against the sentence.

Should he failed to appeal or waive the opportunity to do so, Ronaldo will still be able to play in the Champions League but will not return to domestic action in La Liga until 20 September against Real Betis.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid had already signalled their intent to appeal against Ronaldo’s second yellow card shown for diving eight minutes from time when he went down inside the area under pressure from Samuel Umtiti.

“Ronaldo’s sending-off annoys me because even if it is not a penalty, the card is harsh,” said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane after the game. “We will see if we can do something so that he is available on Wednesday.”

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