Cristiano Ronaldo claims 'persecution' in response to five-match ban

The Madrid forward will miss the start of the LaLiga season, and the Spanish Super Cup second leg, after a ban a red card and shoving a referee.

Cristiano Ronaldo claims 'persecution' in response to five-match ban
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Cristiano Ronaldo has reacted furiously to the Appeals Committee’s decision to uphold his five-match ban.

Ronaldo banned for pushing a referee

The Portuguese received a one-match ban for two yellow cards incurred during the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday, when Madrid ran out 1-3 winners at Camp Nou. The first booking was for removing his shirt after celebrating a goal, and the second for simulation.

In response to the second yellow card, Ronaldo shoved the referee, De Burgos Bengoetxea. For this reaction, he has been given a further four-match ban.

Madrid man claims persecution 

“Impossible to keep quiet in this situation. Five matches!” he wrote on his Instagram account.

“It [the ban] seems exaggerated and ridiculous. This is called persecution!”

He accompanied this message with a picture of the referee showing him a red card.

Real Madrid fans are planning to protest against Ronaldo’s punishment at the Benabéu this evening with a Pañolado, the en-mass waving of white hankies. José María Sánchez Martínez will be the man in the middle on Wednesday night.