6 Feb 2014

Ronaldo handed three-match ban after red card

6:38 am on 6 February 2014

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been given a three-match ban and fined after his red card in Monday's 1-1 La Liga draw at Athletic Bilbao.

The Portugal forward will miss Real's league games against Villarreal, Getafe and Elche but he will be available for the King's Cup semi-final, first leg at home to holders Atletico Madrid later on Thursday and the return game next week.

Ronaldo, who is celebrating his 29th birthday today and is the holder of FIFA's Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player, was dismissed with 15 minutes left at the San Mames after pushing Bilbao defender Carlos Gurpegui in the face and confronting midfielder Ander Iturraspe.

He was banned for one match for the straight red card for violent conduct and had an extra two games added to his punishment for a gesture of dissent made while leaving the pitch as well as copping a fine of about $2000.