17 Aug 2017

Renaldo five game ban sticks

6:32 am on 17 August 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo has failed in his bid to overturn his five-match ban for pushing a referee.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo (7).

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo (7). Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The incident happened during Real Madrid's Spanish Super Cup first-leg win over Barcelona last weekend.

The Portugal forward, who had scored in the 3-1 victory, reacted badly after being shown a second yellow for diving by match official Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea, shoving the Spaniard in the back.

A Spanish football federation committee has now dismissed an appeal, meaning Ronaldo will miss today's return leg against Barca and upcoming La Liga games against Deportivo La Coruna, Valenica, Levante and Real Sociedad.

Ronaldo was found guilty of 'Violation of Article 96 of the Disciplinary Code', which relates to using "mild force" against the officials, including grabbing, pushing or shaking.

He has also been fined 6 thousand dollars.

Real boss Zinedine Zidane believed the ban was disproportionate.

"I am and we are very upset," he told the club's official website yesterday.

"I'm not going to get involved with the referees but, after what happened, to think that he'll not play for five games makes you think that something isn't right.

"It's too long for him.

"I have been very clear in my response. What happened, happened, but when you look at the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo has got five matches, you have to admit that it is a lot."