Cristiano Ronaldo is out of Wednesday’s Spanish Super Cup second leg against Barcelona 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 was shown a second yellow card late on 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.
The Portugal captain reacted by pushing the Basque official — earning himself an extra four-game suspension on top of the mandatory one-match ban for the sending off in a ruling from the RFEF’s presiding judge on Monday.
Madrid submitted a detailed defence of their player’s behaviour to La Liga’s Appeals Committee, which met at lunchtime on Wednesday, but multiple reports say that their appeal has been rejected and Ronaldo will not be able to face Barca in Wednesday’s second leg.
Ronaldo reacted on his Instagram by 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!!!”