Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid’s megastar may face a 12 game ban for pushing the referee following his red card against Barcelona in the el Clasico on Sunday evening.
Ronaldo scored in the 80th minute, but earned a yellow card for removing his shirt to celebrate his goal, showing off his muscles at Camp Nou.
The Real Madrid star was booked again just two minutes later for diving in the area and reacted to the decision by shoving the referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea from behind.
The referee did not seem to react at the time but La Liga could take action against the 32-year-old for his behaviour after the manner in which he left the field was included in the official’s report.
“After being shown the red card, the player pushed me gently to show his dissent,” De Burgos wrote in the document that covers all the incidents that occurred in the match.
Under article 96 of the Code of the Spanish Football Federation, it states that any player who “catches, shoots or shakes” a referee in a manner perceived to be violent risks a suspension anywhere between four and 12 matches.
The 32-year-old star also posted a picture of the game and captioned, “team.”
If Ronaldo’s actions are deemed worthy of only four games, the suspension will only apply to the Spanish Super Cup, however, any more than four games and the ban will carry over to La Liga matches too.