Cristiano Ronaldo could be fined or banned for ‘calm down’ goal celebration

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo could be fined or even suspended after using his trademark ‘calm down’ celebration during Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

This is according to LFP president Javier Tebas, who feels Ronaldo’s celebration increased the risk of provoking the Barcelona supporters.

“We have to be careful with provocative gestures by a player when he scores a goal or with any other provocation or conduct that could incite violence among spectators,” Tebas was quoted as saying by the Guardian. “It must be sanctioned, from a fine up to a suspension. We will look into it.”

Deportivo fan death incident in November

Sunday was not the first time Ronaldo had used his ‘calm down’ celebration during a Clasico, but Spanish authorities are reportedly looking to clamp down on players or supporters who use actions that could be deemed as provocative following a tragic incident involving a Deportivo La Coruna fan in November.

The supporter in question lost his life following violent clashes outside the Vicente Calderon, home of La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.

The LFP are now expected to review whether or not Ronaldo’s actions were provocative before announcing their decision.

Video: Ronaldo's 'calm down' celebration

Ronaldo ban would be a huge blow for Real Madrid

It would be an almighty blow for Real Madrid if Ronaldo was banned for something so innocuous - and there’s little doubt officials at the Bernabeu would appeal vehemently against any imposed suspension.

Los Blancos are still in the title race, despite losing to Barcelona at the weekend, sitting four points off top spot with 10 matches of the campaign remaining.

Ronaldo has 18 more goals than Real Madrid’s second-highest league goalscorer this season, Karim Benzema, and will inevitably have a big role to play if Carlo Ancelotti’s men finish the season above their fierce rivals.

Ancelotti needs Ronaldo

Furthermore, Ancelotti’s job is on the line and any more significant slip-ups in either La Liga or the Champions League could spell the end for the Italian coach at the Bernabeu.

Ancelotti needs his prolific match-winner Ronaldo to be available in each and every match between now and the end of the season, but his plans could be disrupted depending on the LFP’s final decision.

Fine more likely than suspension

Because of the huge controversy banning Ronaldo for celebrating a goal would undoubtedly cause, it seems unlikely that the 30-year-old will miss any matches.

But a fine is well within the realms of possibility.

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