El Clásico: Ronaldo scores winner and gets sent off, could face possible 12 match ban for pushing referee

In a two-minute frenzy, Ronaldo sees himself turn from hero to villain in yet another eventful El Clásico.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gemma Atkinson
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gemma Atkinson briefly dated in 2007 Reuters

Cristiano Ronaldo was in the headlines as he scored the winner against arch-rivals Barcelona at Nou Camp, but the incident was marred when he got sent off for a second yellow card and shoved the referee on this way out, looking at a possible 12 match ban.

Ronaldo, 32, came off the bench to score the winner and help Madrid win the first leg of the Supercopa de Espana.

The Portuguese had an eventful cameo as he removed his shirt to celebrate the goal on the 80th minute, thus receiving a yellow card, before being shown a second minutes later for an alleged dive when running through on goal.

Ronaldo could not believe the decision, after going down under pressure from Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti and appeared to shove referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea in the back as he left the field.

The Spanish referee did in fact make a note of the incident in his match report, as per the Esquire.

According to the Independent, under article 96 of the Code of the Spanish Football Federation, it states that any player who "catches, shoots or shakes" a referee in a manner perceived to be violent risks a suspension anywhere between four and 12 matches.

If Ronaldo's actions are deemed worthy of only four games, the suspension will only apply to the Spanish Super Cup, however, any more than four games and the ban will carry over to La Liga matches too.

Speaking to Marca, manager Zinedine Zidane said he was frustrated at the decision saying he did not believe his player dived.

"We played a great game, but what annoyed me was Cristiano Ronaldo's dismissal,"Zidane said.

"Maybe there's no penalty, but to show a card [for alleged diving] was a little harsh"

But he was pleased with the way those remaining responded.

"With 10 men we fought and we believed in the victory right to the end," he said.

Analysing the match and the performance of certain individuals, Zidane spoke specifically about the performance of Marco Asensio, the third goalscorer, while emphasising the importance of the whole team's contribution.

"What Asensio did does not surprise me," he said.

"He does everything phenomenally, possessing quality, breaking through lines and shooting phenomenally.

As well as picking out Asensio for extra praise, Zidane also talked about how pleased he was by Mateo Kovacic and Isco's displays.