RFEF committee rejects Real Madrid’s appeal of Cristiano Ronaldo’s five-game ban

The 32-year-old was shown a second yellow card late on in Madrid’s 3-1 first-leg win over Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Sunday after referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea ruled that he had dived to try to win a penalty.

The Portugal captain reacted by pushing the Basque official — earning himself an extra four-game suspension on top of the mandatory one-match ban for the sending off in a ruling from the RFEF’s presiding judge on Monday.

Madrid submitted a detailed defence of their player’s behaviour to La Liga’s Appeals Committee, which met at lunchtime on Wednesday, but multiple reports say that their appeal has been rejected and Ronaldo will not be able to face Barca in Wednesday’s second leg.

The club could still take the case to the Spanish government’s Tribunal Administrativo del Deporte in the hope of getting the remaining four games of the suspension reduced.

This was the sixth red card of Ronaldo’s eight years at Madrid, and in previous cases the club have often pushed the appeals process as far as possible.

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