Real Madrid fear they may be obliged to spend almost two months in their domestic competitions without Cristiano Ronaldo, after the Portuguese star’s red card at Camp Nou, and most of all, what he did right after that.
Ronaldo substituted Karim Benzema in the 58th minute, and 22 minutes later he scored an impressive goal to put Real Madrid 2-1 up in the first leg of Spain’s Super Cup.
While celebrating, he took off his shirt, which obviously earned him a yellow card. Two minutes later, the referee thought the Portuguese had tried to fool him, diving in the box. Second yellow card, red, but Ronaldo didn’t take it that well.
Player: Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro. Once the red card was shown, the player pushed me slightly in a sign of disagreement
Burgos Bengoetxea, the referee of the game wrote in his match report. This looks like a typical Article 96 case, which is about actions that involve ‘slight violence towards referees’.
If the disciplinary committee decides so, Ronaldo could get a 4 to 12-match ban, to which, of course, his one-game ban for the red card itself will be added.
As for the Super Cup, even with ten men, Real Madird went on to beat Barcelona 3-1, scoring their third goal in added time, while playing with numerical disadvantage.