Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Cristiano Ronaldo Loses Appeal Against 5-match Ban

Cristiano Ronaldo Loses Appeal Against 5-match Ban

Ronaldo reacted on his Instagram by saying: "Impossible not to react to this situation, 5 games!" To me it seems exaggerated and ridiculous, this is what you call persecution!

Wednesday morning, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF in Spanish) that the appeal has been denied (the documents are in Spanish), meaning that Ronaldo will miss the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

Real Madrid faces Barcelona again in the Spanish Super Cup (Supercopa de Espana) after the first leg win.

The "World Player of the Year" received an automatic one-match ban for his dismissal, and an extra four games for his reaction towards referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea. "I am grateful to my teammates and fans for their support!"

The victory Wednesday night continues Los Blancos' incredible run of success under Zidane as they have now lifted seven trophies in the 20 months since the French legend took charge.

The bookings at the Nou Camp were for taking off his shirt to celebrate his goal to make it 2-1 and for a dive.

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Marco Asensio followed up his brilliant goal in the first leg with another.

"As I said before this team is hungry and we show it every time we play".

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique conceded he feels inferior to Real Madrid for the first time during his career at the club.

During the appeal, Real Madrid reportedly claimed that Ronaldo's actions were "uncontrollable reflex", according to Dermot Corrigan of ESPN.

Carvajal also suggested there was inconsistency in the referee's decision making after Luis Suarez took a tumble over goalkeeper Keylor Navas to win a penalty that Lionel Messi converted before Ronaldo made way.

They watched a brilliant Real team, which has always been dependent on Cristiano, play some high-quality football without their superstar. We started very well, with lots of intensity from the start, playing in their half, winning the ball back there.

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