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Real Madrid Superhero Cristiano Ronaldo Could Miss Up To 12 Matches For Shove On Referee

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Cristiano Ronaldo is facing a lengthy ban after venting out his frustration out on the referee in Real Madrid’s El Clasico win on Sunday.

Cristiano Ronaldo could be suspended for as many as 12 matches after referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea included the Real Madrid star’s shove in his match report.

Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off after scoring a spectacular winner for Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

The Real Madrid striker could barely believe what he was seeing as he was sent off

Ronaldo could be facing a length ban after SHOVING the referee after he was sent off in the El Clasico Super Cup.

Cristiaano Ronaldo then celebrated his goal by taking his shirt off and holding it up

The Portuguese forward was booked for his celebration, ripping his shirt off and then holding it aloft like Lionel Messi did at the Santiago Bernabeu last season, and seconds later was booked for diving and dismissed.

Cristiano Ronaldo then appeared to push the referee in the back as he was shown the red card

But in incredible scenes at the Nou Camp, the Portuguese striker pushed Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea in the back as he was storming off the pitch.

Bengoetxea included the altercation in his post-game match report, writing: “Player: Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro. Once the red card was shown, the player pushed me slightly in a sign of disagreement.”

The push on the referee could now see Ronaldo hit with a 12-match ban under Article 96 of the Spanish federation’s rule book, which deals with “Slight violence towards referees”.

According to article 96 a player could face a suspension of 4-12 matches for grabbing, pushing or shaking a match official in a manner that is “slightly violent”.

The Spanish federation’s competition committee will take the final call upon how many games the Portugal skipper will have to sit out in addition to the one-match suspension after seeing the red card in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over arch rivals Barcelona in the first-leg clash of the Spanish Super Cup.

A ban of five or more games would apply to all Spanish competitions, including La Liga. While a suspension of four or less matches would only apply to the Super Cup.

Real Madrid struck the first blow of the season against traditional rivals FC Barcelona when they defeated the Catalans 3-1 in the Camp Nou Stadium in the first leg of the Spanish Supercup.

Real Madrid celebrate after Pique’s unfortunate own-goal gave them the lead in the second half

Madrid were able to seal the win on the break despite having Cristiano Ronaldo sent off for two absurd yellow cards after he had come on as a second half substitute and scored his side’s second goal.

Barcelona started with Gerard Deulofeu in a nominal 4-3-3 formation, but with Leo Messi dropping deep to receive in midfield, while Gareth Bale and  Karim Benzema led the Madrid attack in a 4-4-2 formation with Ronaldo waiting his turn on the bench.

Both sides showed from the start they were looking to pressure their rivals off the ball and the opening minutes saw too many errors.

Barcelona’s players will be furious they lost to their fierce rivals in the Super Cup first leg

The first chance fell to Luis Suarez, who fired directly at Madrid keeper, Keylor Navas, while Messi curled a free kick over the crossbar.

A nice combination ended with Messi just being crowed out in the Madrid area, while at the other end, good work from Isco ended with Bale seeing Ter Stegen tip a shot over the bar.

Meanwhile the typical derby tension was visible with Casemiro, shown a yellow card for a bad foul on Messi and he was followed into the book by Gerard Pique, Dani Carvajal, Bale and Messi himself.

Gerard Pique scored an own-goal on 50 minutes as Real Madrid broke the deadlock

Madrid took the lead four minutes after the break when Marcelo was allowed to overlap on the left and his cross was sliced into his own net by Pique when Ter Stegen would probably have claimed the ball with few problems.

Barca came close to equalizing soon afterwards when Messi was unable to finish Deulofeu’s low ball into the Madrid area, while at the other end Carvajal saw a shot cleared off the line following a Madrid break which saw David Vidal left exposed.

Ronaldo replaced Benzema just before the hour, while Denis Suarez came on for the erratic Deulofeu to give Barca an extra man in midfield as the home side looked to get back into the game.

Barcelona got back in the game when Luis Suarez was adjudged to have been fouled by Madrid keeper Keylor Navas

Ter Stegen again saved Barca when he saved from Marcelo, while Ronaldo, who had earlier volleyed wide over, saw a goal correctly ruled out for offside.

At the other end, Busquets blazed over when he should have at least hit the target before Navas saved well from Messi, before being harshly penalized for a supposed foul on Luis Suarez, although TV replays showed there was little if any, contact. That didn’t both Messi, who leveled from the penalty spot with 14 minutes remaining.

Cristiano Ronaldo put Real Madrid back in lead
He had only been on the field ten or so minutes, but Cristiano Ronaldo looked like being the hero again
But for removing his shirt, the referee showed Cristiano Ronaldo a yellow card
Towards the end of last season Lionel Messi had held up his shirt when he scored against Real Madrid in a 3-2 win

The tie lasted only moments before Ronaldo put Madrid back in front with a powerful shot, only to be shown a yellow card for removing his shirt in the celebration; something which became significant when he was shown a second for what the referee considered to be a dive a few minutes later.

The goalscoring wasn’t finished yet as Real Madrid substitute Marco Asensio pinged in their third

With only 10 men, Marcos Asensio made it 3-1 to Madrid in the last minute with a left foot shot which flashed past Stegen into the roof of the Barca net to give Madrid a hand on the trophy ahead of Wednesday’s return leg.

Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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