Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has lost his appeal against the five-match handed down to him following the shove on referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea during Real’s clash with Barcelona last week.
Having been shown red for diving, the fiery Portuguese lost his temper and shoved the referee from behind, ensuring a lengthy ban was inevitable.
As expected, the player’s appeal has been thrown out by officials and he must now accept his ban. With the world player of the year set to miss the start of the La Liga campaign, the 32-year-old has taken to social media to rant over the ‘injustice’ of the sentence he has been given.
Translated, Ronaldo is clearly feeling like a victim in this whole sordid affair.
“One more incomprehensible decision. From injustice to injustice. They will never bring me down. And as always I will come back stronger. Thank you to all who have supported me.”
While Real fans might well side with their star player, it must be remembered that pushing a match official is crossing a line that cannot be crossed. The punishment for such an action must be severe in order to ensure that players maintain respect for match officials.
However, Ronaldo might well feel aggrieved with his ban as one Twitter user reminded everyone that Barcelona’s Lionel Messi had a similar rush of blood to the head back in 2009 when he too pushed the referee.
2009: No ban for Messi
2017: 5 match ban for Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/SB1B8pb4W7
— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) August 14, 2017
For his infraction, Messi escaped a ban, while this past week, Ronaldo was not so fortunate. What do you think? Has Ronaldo a right to be upset or is it a case of ‘commit the crime, do the time’?