RONALDO ABOUT TO FACE UP TO 12 MATCHES BAN.
Cristiano Ronaldo is in danger of missing as many as 12 games after shoving the centre referee in Madrid’s 1-3 win at Barcelona.
Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench to score a stunner and was shown the yellow card for taking off his shirt, before the referee gave him the matching off orders for a second bookable offence for diving.
Ronaldo lost his cool and shove the referee, while agitating the knight of whistle made the wrong call.
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.”
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 the 32-year-old would be forced to sit out in addition to the one-game ban stemming from his red card.
Should the ban hold, it would apply in all Spanish competitions, including La Liga.