Cristiano Ronaldo could possibly be suspended for as many as 12 matches after referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea included the Real Madrid star's shove in his match report.
After scoring and removing his shirt to earn a yellow card within the Spanish Super Cup first leg in opposition to Barcelona, Ronaldo was proven a second yellow card for an alleged dive within the field simply minutes later, prompting him to momentarily lose his cool and shove the referee.
Bengoetxea included the altercation in his post-game match report, writing: "Participant: Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro. As soon as the red card was proven, the participant pushed me barely in an indication of disagreement."
The shove may set off a ban of as much as 12 matches underneath Article 96 of the Spanish federation's rule ebook, which offers with "Slight violence in direction of referees".
Article 96 applies to players who "seize, push or shake" a referee in a way that's "barely violent", and recommends a suspension of Four-12 matches for the motion.
Ronaldo's fate is now within the arms of the Spanish federation's competitors committee, who will decide the total of games the 32-year-old will be missed along with the one-game ban stemming from his red card.
If Ronaldo will get a complete ban of 5 or extra games, it will apply in all Spanish competitions, together with La Liga. A suspension of 4 or much less matches would solely apply to the Super Cup.
A 12-match suspension - a worst-case scenario for Real - would imply that the Portuguese wouldn't see any Liga motion till November 18/19 when the reigning champions face Atletico in a Madrid derby at Wanda Metropolitano.