Cristiano Ronaldo could be banned for 12 games after pushing the referee during last night’s El Clasico.
The Real Madrid star was rested as his side took on Barcelona in the first leg of their Spanish Supercup Final.
Zinedine Zidane’s side showed they can cope without the four-times Ballon d’Or as they took the lead thanks to a Gerard Pique own-goal early in the second half.
He eventually did make an appearance though as he netted a stunning curling goal to put his side 2-1 up following Lionel Messi’s equaliser from the penalty spot.
However, his night was ended early after Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea showed him a second yellow card – the first being issued for removing his shirt in celebration – after judging him to dive to win the penalty.
As he was leaving the field, Ronaldo pushed the offical in the back and now faces a 12-match ban under article 96 of the Code of the Spanish Football Federation.
It states: “that any player who ‘catches, shoots or shakes’ a referee in a manner perceived to be violent risks a suspension anywhere between four and 12 matches”.
Not the start to the season Los Blancos will be hoping for.