Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was handed a two-game suspension by La Liga committee after racking up a red card on Saturday against Cordoba.
Ronaldo will miss matches against Real Sociedad on Saturday and Sevilla on next Wednesday. Real Madrid does have the option to appeal, however, although it’s unlikely the club will.
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Ronaldo was lucky to avoided a three-game suspension, which some thought he was in for due to the egregious nature of his actions — he kicked Edimar and punched Jose Crespo in the face.
Referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez did not write Ronaldo up for his swing at Crespo in the match report, only his kick to Edimar, which allowed the 29-year-old to avoid a violent conduct charge, which would’ve benched him for one of La Liga’s most anticipated games of the season — the derby between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
In Ronaldo’s defense, at least he apologized for his barbaric behavior immediately after the match last Saturday.
The two-match ban won’t affect Ronaldo’s ranking this season as the top goal-scorer in La Liga. The FIFA Ballon d’Or winner has 28 goals in La Liga play this year, while second- and third-place scorers Lionel Messi and Neymar, both of Barcelona, still trail with 21 goals and 14 goals, respectively.