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Cristiano Ronaldo has been handed a five-match ban for pushing referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea following his sending off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup first leg win over Barcelona.
Ronaldo has been given a one-match automatic suspension for his red card and a further four games for pushing a match official.
The 32-year-old shoved the referee in frustration after he was sent off for a second bookable offence, earned for simulation when he went down in the Barcelona penalty area under a challenge from Samuel Umtiti.
And the shove will see Ronaldo spending a lengthy spell on the sidelines, with the superstar set to miss the Super Cup second leg as well as Madrid’s first four La Liga matches.
Article 96 of the rulebook applies to players who ‘grab, push or shake’ a referee in a ‘slightly violent manner’ and recommends a four to 12 game suspension for such offences.
De Burgos Bengoetxea noted the push in his official match report from first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, writing: ‘Once the red card was shown, the player pushed me slightly in a sign of disagreement’.
Las Palmas striker Marko Livaja was handed a five-game ban by La Liga for a similar incident back in April, one match for the red card and an additional four for pushing the referee.
Livaja’s punishment was typical of the precedent set by La Liga, in which non-serious, violent conduct towards a referee typically results in a four-game ban.
There remains a possibility that Ronaldo could have his second yellow card rescinded on appeal, in which case any additional suspension for shoving the referee would still stand but his one-game ban for his sending off would not.
Los Blancos skipper Sergio Ramos suggested the club would appeal Ronaldo’s second booking and said his team-mate was not attempting to con the referee when he went to ground under Umtiti’s challenge.
‘I was far away, but I think it was a piece of play in which [Ronaldo] lost his balance, rather than feigning anything,’ Ramos said. ‘It could be appealed.