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