Saturday’s La Liga Clash turns out to be bad for Cristiano Ronaldo. The 2014 Ballon d’Or winner was shown a red card for kicking and punching defender Edimar during the match.
If Real Madrid star found guilty of excessive aggression when a disciplinary panel meet on Wednesday, Ronaldo could be booted out of the league for as many as twelve games.
In fact, rival Madrid-based newspaper Marca say that referee Alejandro Hernandez didn’t deem the incident to be violent conduct in his post-match report.
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In said report Hernandez failed to reference Ronaldo’s punch which appeared to land on Edimar’s face, suggesting that he hadn’t seen it.
His account of the events read: “In the 83rd minute Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for the following reason: kicking an opponent when the ball was out of reach.”
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This action made him unavailable for showdown in February with Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and more, though he later apologized for his uncharacteristic actions on Twitter.
Pido disculpas a todos y especialmente a Edimar por mi acto irreflexivo en el partido de hoy.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) January 24, 2015
He wrote: “I apologise to every and especially Edimar for my thoughtless act in the game today.”