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Cristiano Ronaldo’s five-match ban for pushing referee upheld

Real Madrid’s Portugal international sees appeal rejected after clash with official during the Spanish Super Cup first leg against Barcelona rejected

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 August, 2017, 2:47am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 August, 2017, 9:27am

Cristiano Ronaldo will have to serve his five-match ban for pushing a referee after the Spanish sports court rejected Real Madrid’s appeal against the length of the suspension, Spanish media reported on Tuesday citing court officials.

The Portuguese forward shoved official Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea after being sent off during Real’s 3-1 victory over Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on August 13.

As a result the Spanish Football Federation issued Ronaldo with a 3,005 (HK$27,639) fine and a four match suspension in addition to the automatic one game ban the player was due to serve for the red card.

“Another incomprehensible decision. From injustice to injustice, they will never overthrow me,” Ronaldo posted on Instagram.

The striker will sit out league fixtures against Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad before making his comeback against Real Betis on September 20.