Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo is to serve a five-match ban after the European and Spanish champions failed in a bid to have the red card he received in the 3-1 Spanish Super Cup first-leg win over Barcelona on Sunday overturned.
The Portugal forward was given the marching order at the Nou Camp after picking up two yellow cards – one for taking his shirt off after scoring and the other for diving.
After receiving his second yellow card, Ronaldo appeared to push referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea and was subsequently hit with a five-match suspension by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) – one for the double booking and another four for pushing the official.
The 32-year-old will miss the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona on Wednesday (today) as well as Madrid’s La Liga opener away at Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.
He will also be suspended for the matches against Valencia (home), Levante (home) and Real Sociedad (away).