Cristiano Ronaldo fails in appeal against ban for pushing referee
Cristiano Ronaldo has failed in his bid to overturn his five-match ban for pushing a referee during Real Madrid's Supercopa de Espana first-leg win over Barcelona.
The Portugal forward, who had scored in the 3-1 victory, reacted badly after being shown a second yellow for diving by match official Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea, shoving the Spaniard in the back.
A Spanish football federation (RFEF) committee has now dismissed an appeal, meaning Ronaldo will miss Wednesday evening's Supercopa return leg against Barca and upcoming LaLiga games against Deportivo La Coruna, Valenica, Levante and Real Sociedad.
Ronaldo was found guilty of 'Violation of article 96 of the Disciplinary Code', which relates to using "mild force" against the officials, including grabbing, pushing or shaking.
He has also been fined 3,805 euros (£3,459), with Real fined 1,750 euros (£1,590).
Real boss Zinedine Zidane believes the ban is disproportionate, telling the club's official website on Tuesday: "I am and we are very upset. I'm not going to get involved with the referees but, after what happened, to think that he'll not play for five games makes you think that something isn't right.
"It's too long for him.
"I have been very clear in my response. What happened, happened, but when you look at the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo has got five matches, you have to admit that it is a lot."