Cristiano Ronaldo Handed Two-Match Ban for Violent Conduct in Saudi Super Cup Semifinal

Cristiano Ronaldo suspended for 2 matches in Saudi Pro League after violent incident, raising questions about his discipline. Al-Nassr's title hopes take a hit as they trail leaders Al-Hilal by 12 points.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Handed Two-Match Ban for Violent Conduct in Saudi Super Cup Semifinal

Cristiano Ronaldo Handed Two-Match Ban for Violent Conduct in Saudi Super Cup Semifinal

Cristiano Ronaldo, the star forward of Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League , has been suspended for two matches by the Disciplinary and Ethics Committee of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation following a violent incident during the Saudi Super Cup semifinal against Al-Hilal on April 9, 2024. The 39-year-old Portuguese player was sent off in the 86th minute for elbowing Al-Hilal defender Ali Al-Bulaihi while disputing the ball.

Despite Ronaldo's claims of innocence and Al-Nassr's attempts to appeal the decision, the disciplinary committee upheld the two-match ban after reviewing the incident. Ronaldo will miss Al-Nassr's upcoming Saudi Pro League fixtures against Al-Feiha on April 19 and Al-Khaleej on April 27. The suspension comes at a critical time for Al-Nassr, who are currently trailing league leaders Al-Hilal by 12 points with only seven rounds left in the season.

In addition to the ban, Ronaldo has been fined $5,300 for his behavior towards the match officials. The referee, Mohammed Al Hoaish, described Ronaldo's actions as a "disgrace and a stain on Saudi Arabian football." This marks Ronaldo's second suspension this season, as he was previously banned for one match due to disrespectful conduct towards Al-Shabab fans.

Why this matters: Ronaldo's suspension is a significant blow to Al-Nassr's chances of catching up to Al-Hilal in the Saudi Pro League title race. The incident also raises questions about Ronaldo's discipline and conduct on the pitch, as he has now been suspended twice in his first season playing in Saudi Arabia.

Despite the setback, Ronaldo has been in impressive form for Al-Nassr this season, scoring 36 goals and providing 12 assists in 37 appearances across all competitions. He is the Saudi Pro League's top scorer with 29 goals in 25 appearances. Ronaldo's focus will now shift to the upcoming King Cup of Champions semifinal against Al-Khaleej on May 1, where he will be eligible to return to the pitch and help his team's chances of success in the competition.

Key Takeaways

  • Cristiano Ronaldo suspended for 2 matches by Saudi FA for violent conduct.
  • Ronaldo to miss Al-Nassr's next 2 league games, trailing leaders Al-Hilal by 12 points.
  • Ronaldo fined $5,300 for his behavior towards match officials, who called it a "disgrace".
  • This is Ronaldo's second suspension this season, previously banned for 1 match.
  • Ronaldo eligible to return for Al-Nassr's King Cup semifinal on May 1.