Cristiano Ronaldo handed two match ban for 'punching' incident against Cordoba
According to reports from the Spanish Media, the LFP disciplinary committee has handed Real Madrid striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, a two match ban for his punch on Cordoba defender Edimar Fraga. This revelation means that he will not be missing the derby game against Atletico Madrid.
What might have helped Ronaldo escape a massive ban was the referee’s report. The post-game report by Alejandro Hernandez stated: “In the 83rd minute Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for the following reason: kicking an opponent when the ball was out of reach."
This would mean that the referee and the linesman completely missed the punching incident. With most tabloids in Spain speculating a 12-match ban, it was expected that Ronaldo would miss a substantial amount of the season, due to “violent conduct.”
However, the LFP Committee has found nothing that indicts him of that offence. Players such as Barcelona’s Neymar had said that ‘Ronaldo deserved to be punished’. The Portuguese international also took to social media later in the day to apologise for the sending off.
Looks like Ronaldo fans won’t be missing him much after all. The 29-year old will only be absent for the games against Real Sociedad and Sevilla and will return for the match against their noisy neighbours.