Zidane critical of five-game ban for Ronaldo


The 32-year-old will now miss Wednesday's second leg versus Barcelona along with the first four La Liga games of the season.

Three minutes later, he got his second yellow card after the referee decided that Ronaldo's vying for the ball with Barça defender Samuel Umtiti had breached the game's rules.

Cristiano Ronaldo is banned, but it would take a huge upset for Real Madrid's trophy-winning streak to be ended by Barcelona as they carry a 3-1 lead into the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

The decision infuriated Ronaldo, who vented his fury in an extraordinary Instagram post in which he said: "It's impossible to stay quiet in this situation, five matches!"

Cristiano Ronaldo had his suspension appeal rejected on Wednesday, and will have to watch from the sidelines as Madrid defend their 3-1 aggregate lead.

August 17 at 00:00 in Madrid at the stadium "Santiago Bernabeu" Real Madrid will take Barcelona in the second leg of the Super Cup of Spain.

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Ronaldo, sent off for collecting two yellow cards in Sunday's Clásico victory at Barcelona, feels he's being persecuted and unfairly treated.

"We played a great game, but I am annoyed by Cristiano's sending-off", Real coach Zinedine Zidane said after the match.

Former Premier League referee Gallagher was quoted on the BBC on Monday night: "The message they've got to send out is it's unacceptable to push a match official".

Marco Asensio scored Real's third with a stunning long-range goal in the 90th minute. "We did well in the first leg, but we have to play the whole tie until the end", Real Madrid's official website quoted Zidane as saying ahead of the match.

The other strategy of Real Madrid is to reduce the four game that was applied for pushing the referee, without aggressive intent.

"Barcelona are a good side that can hurt you, I have no doubt about that".