Cristiano Ronaldo has been given a five-match ban following his red card in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.
While Ronaldo starred in the match which Real Madrid won 3-1 over Barcelona, his second yellow card for simulation saw him given his marching orders by referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea which the superstar reacted angrily too, appearing to push Bengoetxea before walking off the ground.
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The Portuguese international will certainly miss the second leg of the Super Cup on Wednesday while he could also miss La Liga fixtures against Deportivo, Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad should the club choose not to appeal the ban.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said he was “annoyed” at the decision, saying it was “ludicrous” that Ronaldo’s second infringement warranted a yellow card.
“I’m annoyed that Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off, it might not have been a penalty, but still, giving him a card is ludicrous,” Zidane said.
“Let’s see if we can make arrangements for him to be available on Wednesday. I am truly proud of my players, they played well as 10 and really wanted the win. Now we turn our attentions to the return leg and we need to relax.”