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Cristiano Ronaldo could be slapped with four to twelve match ban for referee push

Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea may have expected to receive a backlash for showing Cristiano Ronaldo a red card in the Supercopa de Espana on Sunday night, but the physical rebuttal displayed by the Real Madrid man may land him on the sidelines for some time.

While the ecstasy was all Los Blancos’ in the first leg, the agony was shared as the winger’s double yellow card for over exuberant celebrating and diving marred the 3-1 win.

Article 96 of the Spanish FA’s rulebook notes how such a push on an official can earn anything from a four game ban to twelve game ban.

What’s worse for Ronaldo is that De Burgos Bengoetxea has mentioned the shove in his official match report.

“Once the red card was shown, the player pushed me slightly in a sign of disagreement,” he wrote.

Now Real are faced with an agonising wait to see what punishment may be handed down to their star forward.

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