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Real ponder appealing Ronaldo ban

 

By Robert Jones

Real Madrid have 10 days in which to appeal after Cristiano Ronaldo was hit with a five-game suspension for pushing the referee following his dismissal during Sunday's Supercopa de Espana meeting with Barcelona.

Ronaldo, having already been cautioned for taking his shirt off after scoring in the 3-1 first-leg win at the Nou Camp, was shown a second yellow in the 82nd minute for diving after going down under pressure from Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti.

The Portuguese responded by shoving referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea in the back before making his way off the pitch.

The Spanish football federation (RFEF) have now handed the 32-year-old a five-match ban - one for the double booking and four for pushing the official.

Ronaldo was found guilty of 'Violation of article 96 of the Disciplinary Code', which relates to using "mild force" against the officials, including grabbing, pushing or shaking.

The offence carries a ban of up to 12 matches, with Ronaldo being handed the minimum punishment of four games.

Ronaldo has also been fined €3,805 (£3,459), with Real fined €1,750 (£1,590).

Ronaldo will now miss the second leg of the Supercopa against Barca at the Bernabeu tomorrow night, as well as Real's opening four La Liga matches.

The reigning Spanish and European champions begin their title defence at Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday, before then taking on Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad.

Former Manchester United forward Ronaldo started the fixture on the bench but was heavily involved following his introduction around the hour mark.

He restored Real's lead in the 80th minute - three minutes after Lionel Messi had levelled from the penalty spot to cancel out Gerard Pique's own goal - and was booked twice before pushing the official.

Following Ronaldo's dismissal, Real added a third goal late on through Marco Asensio.

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