Cristiano Ronaldo was handed a five-match ban by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Monday for pushing referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea after being sent-off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win over Barcelona.
The World Player of the Year was given a one-match ban for being shown two yellow cards and a further four for pushing the referee in the back after he had been sent off on Sunday.
He was booked at the Nou Camp for taking off his shirt to celebrate his goal to make it 2-1 and for a dive.
Ronaldo was also fined 3,805 euros ($4,500) and has 10 days to appeal the ban.
Should any appeal fail, Ronaldo will miss Wednesday’s Super Cup, second leg and Madrid’s first four La Liga games of the season against Deportivo la Coruna, Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad.
The Portugal international will be able to play in the Champions League but will not return to domestic action until 20 September against Real Betis.
The official match report sent to the RFEF from the Camp Nou included Ronaldo’s push in the “other incidents” section.
“Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro — having been shown the red card, the player pushed me slightly in a sign of his disagreement,” the Basque official wrote.
The RFEF’s disciplinary code appears clear that the punishment for such behaviour, even if only “slightly violent,” is an extra suspension of four to 12 games.
“Pulling, pushing or shaking, or a general attitude towards the match officials which, even if only slightly violent, without confirming an aggressive attitude on their part, will be punished with a suspension of four to 12 games,” says the code’s article 96.