Ronaldo slams ‘ridiculous’ five-match ban


Cristiano Ronaldo has reacted angrily on social media after failing to have his five-match ban for pushing a referee overturned on appeal.

During Sunday night’s 3-1 Super Cup victory over Barcelona, the Real Madrid forward lost his cool after he received a second yellow card for simulation by match official Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea.

Ronaldo shoved Bengoetxea in the back after the official turned his back on him.

On Wednesday, a Spanish football federation (RFEF) committee dismissed Ronaldo’s appeal against the suspension. It means he will miss Wednesday evening’s Spanish Super Cup return leg against Barca, as well as La Liga games against Deportivo La Coruna, Valenica, Levante and Real Sociedad.

Angry after failing to have his ban overturned, Ronaldo took to social media to voice his displeasure.

“Impossible to stay quiet with the situation,” he wrote. “Five games! It seems to me exaggerated and ridiculous. This is called persecution. Thanks to my team-mates for the support..”

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has also slammed the suspension.

“I’m annoyed that Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off, it might not have been a penalty, but still, giving him a card is ludicrous,” the Frenchman said after the match.

“I am truly proud of my players, they played well as 10 and really wanted the win. Now we turn our attentions to the return leg and we need to relax.”