Ronaldo faces 12-match ban for pushing referee in Real Madrid 3-1 win over Barcelona 

Cristiano Ronaldo – substituted on for the final half-hour of the first leg of the Supercopa de Espana on Sunday night at Camp Nou – put his side back in the lead with 10 minutes of the contest remaining, but received his marching orders just two minutes later in controversial circumstances.

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After outwitting Barcelona defender Gerard Pique and firing the ball into the back of the net, the 32-year-old celebrated by taking his shirt off – an offence that resulted in him being issued with a standard yellow card.

Moments later he looked to be set for his second of the evening when he fell in the box under pressure from Samuel Umtiti , but referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea adjudged him to have dived and issued a second yellow.

Incensed by the decision, Ronaldo pushed Bengoetxea in the back before walking off the pitch.

According to Marca, the referee made reference to the incident in his post-match report, writing: “Once the red card was shown, the player pushed me slightly in a sign of disagreement.”

Article 96 of the Spanish football rulebook states that any push of an official can result in a ban of between four to 12 matches.

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