Real Madrid’s impressive 3-1 win over Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup trophy at Camp Nou yesterday may turn sour for the Madrid team Cristiano Ronaldo could be suspended for up to 12 matches after referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea wrote in his match report that Ronaldo shoved him.
Ronaldo was shown a second yellow card for what Bengoetxea deemed to be a dive inside the penalty area.
He had booked the Portugal captain moments earlier, after he ripped off his shirt when he made it 2-1 with a stunning drive.
After he was shown the red card, the 32-year-old momentarily lost his cool and shoved the referee.
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 shove could trigger a ban of up to 12 matches under Article 96 of the Spanish federation’s rule book, which deals with “Slight violence towards referees”.
Article 96 applies to players who “grab, push or shake” a referee in a manner that is “slightly violent”, and recommends a suspension of 4-12 matches for the action.
Ronaldo’s fate is now in the hands of the Spanish federation’s competition committee, who will decide how many games he would be banned for, in addition to the one-game ban from his red card.
It could be recalled that Real Madrid has one hand around the Spanish Super Cup trophy following an impressive 3-1 win over Barcelona in the first leg at Camp Nou on Sunday, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the winner and getting a red card.
It was a Gerard Pique own goal that gave Real the lead in the second half, but Lionel Messi equalized from the penalty kick spot to get the hosts back in it before a wild, unpredictable finish.
Ronaldo came off the bench to score this brilliant winner in the 80th minute, only to then be sent off two minutes later