Cristiano Ronaldo Loses Five-Match Ban Appeal

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, reacts after Referee Ricardo de Burgos shows a yellow card during the Spanish Supercup, first leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Real Madrid hopes of seeing forward, Cristiano Ronaldo’s five-match ban reduced has been rejected.

Ronaldo was slammed with a five-match ban on Monday for being red carded and shoving the  centre referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea in Madrid’s first leg 3-1 win over Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup first leg at the Camp Nou.

Madrid had hoped their appeal would be successful in order to have the Portuguese available for today’s second leg encounter but it wasn’t to be as the Spanish Football Federation has ratified its decision to suspend Cristiano Ronaldo for five matches.

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Ronaldo, 32, will miss today’s second leg match as well as Madrid’s first four games of the 2017/2018 Laliga season which kicks off this weekend.