Marca claim Real Madrid are planning to appeal Cristiano Ronaldo’s suspension after the Portuguese star was hit with a five-match ban in last night’s El Clasico win over Barcelona.
Ronaldo received a one-match ban after receiving two yellow cards - the first for removing his shirt in celebration, the second for a dive - and another four were tacked on when he pushed referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea in retaliation for his sending off.
It’s hardly surprising Real want to appeal the suspension considering Ronaldo’s importance to Zinedine Zidane’s side, and Sergio Ramos would endorse any protest the Champions League winners make.
"I was far away, but I think it was a piece of play in which [Ronaldo] lost his balance, rather than feigning anything," Ramos said after the match, per Marca.
"It could be appealed.
"Sending off a key player with 10 minutes remaining of a Clasico in which we've given our all is something which needs to be evaluated and thought about."
What Ronaldo said to Barça delegate
It’s only after such intense drama that you appreciate Spanish TV broadcasters and the number of cameras they have stationed around stadiums.
Cuatro, who even lip-read what those involved say, have translated a conversation Ronaldo had with Barcelona delegate Carlos Naval as he trudged off the Camp Nou pitch and into the tunnel.
“So you want to win against 10 now?,” Ronaldo said to Naval.
“Of course, man,” was Naval’s response.
Check out the footage below.
Ronaldo's crazy 25 minutes
Ronaldo will probably never have a more dramatic 25 minutes for the rest of his career.
Introduced in the 58th minute with Real leading 1-0, he restored Los Blancos’ lead after Lionel Messi’s equaliser with a ferocious shot with 10 minutes remaining.
But two minutes later, he was sent off.
Afterwards, Zidane leapt to the defence of his star man and vowed to have him available for Wednesday’s return leg.
"I'm annoyed that Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off, it might not have been a penalty, but still, giving him a card is ludicrous,” the Frenchman said, per Sky Sports.
"Let's see if we can make arrangements for him to be available on Wednesday [the second leg].
“I am truly proud of my players, they played well as 10 and really wanted the win. Now we turn our attentions to the return leg and we need to relax".
Real will take a 3-1 advantage back to the Bernabeu after Marco Asensio added a third.
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