Cristiano Ronaldo set to face 12–match ban for pushing referee during yesterday’s game

Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo could be ban for 12 games ban after shoving the referee in last night’s Spanish Super Cup first leg between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The Portuguese international lost his cool after being shown a second yellow card for diving in Barca’s 18-yard box following a challenge by Samuel Umtiti.

The four-time Ballon d’Or winner initially walked away in disbelief with his hands on his head but then turned back towards the official and slightly pushed him with his right hand.

Ronaldo, who came in as a substitute in the game had already been shown the first yellow card two minutes before the second for taking his shirt off after scoring a screamer to put his team ahead.

According to Article 96 of the Spanish federation’s rule book, any player who “grab, push or shake” a referee in a manner that is “slightly violent” could get a ban of 4 to 12 matches.

The referee stated in his match report:

Once I showed him the red card, the player (Ronaldo) pushed me lightly showing discomfort.

Ronaldo’s fate is now in the hands of the Spanish Federation’s committee who will decide how many games he would be banned for, in addition to the one-game from his red card.

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