Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid ace's five-match ban upheld

Real Madrid have been unsuccessful in their appeal against the suspension given to the forward over his sending-off at Barcelona.
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Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid ace's five-match ban upheld

Real Madrid have failed in their appeal against the five-match suspension handed to Cristiano Ronaldo for his red card at Barcelona.

Four matches added to Cristiano ban over ref push

Cristiano was given his marching orders in Sunday's Spanish Super Cup first leg after picking up two yellow cards - one for removing his shirt as he celebrated scoring a goal, the second for a perceived dive.

He was subsequently banned for one match for the sending-off, but also saw four games added to the punishment for reacting to his dismissal by pushing referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea in the back.

Cristiano Ronaldo is shown the red card by referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea.

CR7 to sit out Super Cup second leg and four LaLiga games

Cristiano will miss the Super Cup return against Barça this evening, in addition to Los Blancos' first four fixtures of the 2017/18 LaLiga season, in which they face Deportivo La Coruña, Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad. 

The Portugal captain's suspension has caused indignation at Real Madrid, with coach Zinedine Zidane criticising its length on Tuesday and fans arranging a protest ahead of tonight's clash.

Real host Barça with a 3-1 lead from the opener at the Camp Nou.