Cristiano Ronaldo given five-match ban for pushing referee

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for five matches following his sending off and push on referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea during Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup first-leg win at Barcelona on Sunday.

Ronaldo was been given a one-match automatic suspension for his red card and a further four games for pushing a match official.

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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.

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Ronaldo has got off relatively lightly with four games the minimum punishment handed to players who make contact with the referee.

Article 96 of the Spanish FA 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’.

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