The Spanish Administrative Court of Sport has rejected Cristiano Ronaldo’s appeal of his five-match suspension following his red card in the Spanish Supercopa.
Ronaldo, who received his ban for shoving referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea after receiving two yellow cards in the first leg 3-1 win over Barcelona will now be forced to miss his club’s next three games.
Ronaldo blasted his treatment by the Spanish football federation as “persecution” after he was controversially shown a second yellow card for diving after coming off the bench to score as Real won the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup 3-1, Madrid went on to win the tie 5-1 on aggregate.
The Spain Football Federation handed down the ban to the superstar only to have it appealed by the La Liga champions. That appeal was rejected by the federation, which prompted the attempt to have the Administrative Court of Sport overturn the ban.
Ronaldo will miss home contests with Valencia and Levante along with a road match against Real Sociedad before being eligible to return Tuesday, September 19 against Betis.
Madrid did not miss Ronado in their opener, dispatching Deportivo La Coruna by a 3-0 scoreline.