Madrid's Ronaldo accused of kicking Betis' Molinero, called 'ugly gesture' by defender
Real Betis’ Francesco Molinero labelled Ronaldo’s apparent kick out at him as an ‘ugly gesture’ during their 1-1 draw with Real Madrid. In an act of frustration Ronaldo has been accused to have kicked out at the defender during the second half.
The incident has come into light after a similar incident in Los Blancos’ 5-1 win over Sporting Gijon last week when Ronaldo was accsued of kicking out at Nacho Cases.
After the match when asked to comment Molinero said he was dissapointed that Ronaldo did not receive punishment for his actions. He was upset over the former Manchester United man’s actions saying, "It was an ugly gesture by Ronaldo to kick out with his leg. If the referee sees it, it's an act of aggression. I also give out fouls, I am not a saint, but the ball has to be there. Without the ball it is undue.”
Real Betis’ took the lead on Sunday through Alvaro Cejudo but Real equalised through Benzema twenty minutes before the whistle. Madrid were also denied a penalty earlier in the game when Benzema was brought down in the area. They now sit four points of the top behing leaders Barca and Athletico Madrid.
“We defended as well as we could, To take a point from this team is very good. We have to keep going with this mentality” added the defender after their hard fought point. Real Betis sit just four points above the relegation zone in 14th postion. Madrid face Espanyol in La liga on Monday while Betis travel to Sociedad.
Incident similar to last week’s apparent kick by Ronaldo in Gijon game
In Los Blancos’ win over Gijon last week Ronaldo was accused of kicking midfielder Cases during their 5-1 win. The incident was notably similar to that of the game against Betis’ but Ronaldo came out to defend his actions quoted as saying, “It was instinctive. They could have shown me a yellow card. If I kicked him on purpose he would not have got up. I shouldn't have done it.”
Video replays later showed Ronaldo’s innocent claim was questionable as it showed him intentionally aiming the kick at the Gijon midfielder after a shoulder barge by the latter. Cases protested displaying where he was kicked but Ronaldo escaped without being booked for the incident.
Ronaldo has also been accsued of similar incidents in the past with David Simon of Las Palmas and Grzegorz Krychowiak of Sevilla.