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Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo could face a 12-game ban after Spanish Super Cup drama

Portuguese star's memorable night could come at a cost after he was left in disbelief for being accused of diving in the box.

It’s never a tepid affair when Barcelona and Real Madrid meet and Cristiano Ronaldo’s brief cameo last night encapsulated that.

Ronaldo could now be banned for up to 12 matches after pushing the referee in Real’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup first leg win at the Nou Camp.


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The Portuguese ace was furious when he was shown a second yellow card after going down in the box following a challenge by Samuel Umtiti.

Cristiano Ronaldo had gone from hero to villain in the space of two minutes at the Nou Camp

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Cristiano Ronaldo was left in disbelief after receiving a second yellow card

Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to push the referee in the back after he was shown the red card

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Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to push the referee in the back after he was shown the red card

The 32-year-old initially walked away in disbelief with his hands on his head but then turned back towards the official before pushing him with his right hand.

Just two minutes before, Ronaldo had already been booked for taking his shirt off after scoring a screamer to give his side a 2-1 lead in the second half.

We’ve seen this celebration before somewhere, haven’t we?

Cristiano Ronaldo then celebrated his goal by taking his shirt off and holding it up - remind you of anything similar?

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Ronaldo appeared to mock Messi’s El Clasico celebration

Messi first did the celebration back in April

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Messi first did the celebration back in April

And it appears losing his cool could cost him a lengthy ban.

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

In the referee’s match report he stated: “Once I showed him the red card, the player (Ronaldo) pushed me lightly showing discomfort.”

The federation will now decide on the severity of Ronaldo’s actions before determining what ban he should receive.

Cristiano Ronaldo lost his cool and it means he is likely to miss the start of the La Liga campaign

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Cristiano Ronaldo lost his cool and it means he is likely to miss the start of the La Liga campaign

Cristiano Ronaldo announced himself as you would only expect Cristiano Ronaldo to announce himself

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a screamer to give Real Madrid a 2-1 lead

It was the only blotch on a fine night at the Nou Camp for Zinedine Zidane’s side.

Gerard Pique put the ball in his own net before Lionel Messi levelled the scores from the penalty spot.

Ronaldo then finished off a fine counter attack before the talented Marco Asensio bagged Real Madrid’s third.

Asensio made it 3-1 with a screamer in the final moments

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Asensio made it 3-1 with a screamer in the final moments

The second leg – without Ronaldo of course – will take place at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.


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