Ronaldo to face lengthy ban for shoving Referee

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Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo faces the prospect of a long term ban after shoving the referee during his side’s 3-1 win over Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Camp Nou.

The Portuguese skipper received two bookings within three minutes substitute. The first, a booking for his celebration in which he took his shirt off, and the second coming for an alleged dive which the referee took exception to.

A Frustrated Ronaldo protesting the referee’s decision, pushed the official in the back before storming off to the sidelines.

Referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea didn’t take the shove serious as Lucas Vazquez’s protestations appeared to take his attention away from the incident.

However he did mention it in his report and Ronaldo now faces further action.

“Once the red card was shown, the player pushed me slightly in a sign of disagreement,” Referee Bengoetxea wrote in his report.

The Spanish Footballer Federation’s regulations state that any “slight violence” towards officials in the form of a “grab, push or shake” should be punished with a ban of between four and 12 matches.

The Portuguese forward will now definitely miss the second leg of the Super Cup against Real, but could face further action for his reaction when he shoved the referee in disagreement.

Ronaldo’s red card however did not affect the game for Madrid, with Marco Asensio scoring in the closing stages to secure a 3-1 first-leg win.

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