Ronaldo: I am being ‘persecuted’

It follows a failed appeal to the league against the ban for the red card he received in the first leg of Madrid’s Super Cup tie against Barcelona.

Ronaldo was handed a one-game ban for two yellow cards and a further four match suspension for lightly pushing the referee after he had been sent off.

The bookings were for removing his Real Madrid shirt to celebrate a goal and for diving.

The punishment means that Ronaldo will not be able to play domestically for Spain’s champions until 20 September, when Madrid take on Real Betis.

In a message in Portuguese on social media, after his failed appeal, Ronaldo, 32, wrote: “It seems to me exaggerated and ridiculous, this is called persecution.”

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