Ronaldo could miss up to 12 matches for shove on referee

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The Portuguese star is facing a lengthy ban after taking his frustration out on the referee in Real Madrid's Clasico win on Sunday

Cristiano Ronaldo could be suspended for as many as 12 matches after referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea included the Real Madrid star's shove in his match report.

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After scoring and removing his shirt to earn a yellow card in the Spanish Super Cup first leg against Barcelona, Ronaldo was shown a second yellow card for an alleged dive in the box just minutes later, prompting him to momentarily lose his cool and shove the referee. 

Bengoetxea included the altercation in his post-game match report, writing: "Player: Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro. Once the red card was shown, the player pushed me slightly in a sign of disagreement."

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The shove could trigger a ban of up to 12 matches under Article 96 of the Spanish federation's rule book, which deals with "Slight violence towards referees".

Article 96 applies to players who "grab, push or shake" a referee in a manner that is "slightly violent", and recommends a suspension of 4-12 matches for the action. 

Ronaldo's fate is now in the hands of the Spanish federation's competition committee, who will decide how many games the 32-year-old would be forced to sit out in addition to the one-game ban stemming from his red card. 

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If Ronaldo gets a total ban of five or more games, it would apply in all Spanish competitions, including La Liga. A suspension of four or less matches would only apply to the Super Cup.


WHAT GAMES COULD RONALDO MISS?


DATE COMPETITION MATCH
Aug 16 Supercopa Real Madrid vs Barcelona
Aug 20 La Liga Deportivo La Coruna vs Real Madrid
Aug 26/27 La Liga Real Madrid vs Valencia
Sep 9 La Liga Real Madrid vs Levante
Sep 16/17 La Liga Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid
Sep 19/20 La Liga Real Madrid vs Real Betis
Sep 23/24 La Liga Alaves vs Real Madrid
Sep 30/Oct 1 La Liga Real Madrid vs Espanyol
Oct 14/15 La Liga Getafe vs Real Madrid
Oct 21/22 La Liga Real Madrid vs Eibar
Oct 28/29 La Liga Girona vs Real Madrid
Nov 4/5 La Liga Real Madrid vs Las Palmas

The table above details Real Madrid's next 12 fixtures in Spanish competitions and should Ronaldo receive a 12-match ban, he will miss tough games against the likes of Valencia, Real Betis and Las Palmas. 

A 12-match suspension - a worst-case scenario for Real - would mean that the Portuguese would not see any Liga action until November 18/19 when the reigning champions face Atletico in a Madrid derby at Wanda Metropolitano.

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