Monday, 14 August 2017


Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Barcelona last night is taking a new dimension as CRISTIANO RONALDO is about to face 12-match ban after pushing referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea during the match..

The attacker shoved the referee in frustration after he received a second yellow card in the game.

Ronaldo was booked for taking his shirt off while celebrating and picked up another booking for simulation after going down in the Barcelona penalty area under pressure from Samuel Umtiti.

Under Article 96 of the Spanish FA’s rule book, any player who “grabs, shakes or pushes” a referee can be suspended for between four and 12 matches.
At the very least he will serve a one-match ban for his red card, meaning he’ll miss the second leg of the Super Cup..

Unfair or not, it is simply unacceptable to push the referee and the Portuguese could now be in for a lengthy ban. By way of comparison, Italian forward Paolo Di Canio received an 11-match suspension for pushing the referee in action for Sheffield Wednesday in a Premier League game back in 1998.

Ronaldo is unlikely to be given such a long ban. However, his actions were inappropriate and unacceptable from a professional player of his standing.

Madrid went on to win 3-1 after Marco Asensio hit a stunner late on and the result raises serious doubts over Barcelona this season, especially with Neymar now departed, no replacement brought in, Andres Iniesta unable to last for 90 minutes and new signing Paulinho unlikely to transform the team’s fortunes.

For Real, Ronaldo’s push marred what was a great win and he now he has to wait to hear about his ban, although he is certain to miss Wednesday’s second leg. In the meantime, it already looks like it could be a long season for Barcelona

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