Cristiano Ronaldo to get 12-game ban for pushing referee?

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Cristiano Ronaldo had an eventful game in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.

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Coming on as a sub in the 58th minute he scored a stunner in the 80th minute to put Real Madrid 2-1 up (they went on to win 3-1) and celebrated by taking off his shirt and holding it up to the Real fans a la Lionel Messi at the Santiago Bernabeu back in April.

Cheeky, but he picked up the mandatory yellow card for removing his shirt. Moments later he received a second yellow for going down in the box and responded by pushing the referee, Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea, in the back as he walked off the pitch.

That shove could see him suspended for at least four games, and a maximum of 12, by the Spanish federation as article 96 in their rules states that if a player “catches, shakes or shoots” a referee in an aggressive manner then a four to 12-game ban can be imposed. A six-game suspension is commonplace in England if an official is pushed or touched in an aggressive manner by a player.

It has been reported De Burgos said the following about the incident in his match report: “After being shown the red card, the player pushed me gently to show his dissent.”

Real and Ronaldo will now wait anxiously to see if he could face further action for the push. Although it wasn’t hard enough to push the referee over, the intent was there and Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone was handed an eight-game ban for tapping an assistant referee on the head during a Super Cup game in 2014.

Ronaldo, 32, has only just returned to action after a long break following his exploits for Portugal at the 2017 Confederations Cup following the June 3 UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff, but it appears he could be facing a break on the sidelines for the opening weeks of the Spanish season.

One thing that is for sure is Ronaldo will miss the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.