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By Chineze Ogugua

All is not going according to plan for Cristiano Ronaldo after the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) appeals committee confirmed that it turned down Real Madrid’s attempt to overturn his five-game ban.

Ronaldo who was sent off in Madrid’s 3-1 first-leg win at the Camp Nou on Sunday after referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea ruled that he had dived to try to win a penalty, earned himself an extra four-game suspension on top of the mandatory one-match ban for shoving the referee.

Ronaldo was found guilty of violating Article 96 of the Disciplinary Code, which relates to using “mild force” against the officials, including grabbing, pushing or shaking and was also fined €3,805 (£3,459), with Real fined €1,750 (£1,590) in addition to the suspension.

Ronaldo responded on his Instagram page saying: “Impossible not to react to this situation, 5 games!! I think it is over the top and ridiculous, this is persecution! I am grateful to my teammates and fans for their support!!!”

Real are likely to 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 is Ronaldo’s sixth red card in eight years at Madrid. He missed Real Madrid’s Super Cup second leg 2-0 win over Barcelona.

Quite unfortunate for the Real Madrid icon as he didn’t really deserve the red card.


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