Zinedine Zidane ‘very vexed’ over Cristiano Ronaldo’s five-game ban as Real Madrid wait on appeal

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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is angry over the five-game ban on Cristiano Ronaldo.

The striker was sent off at Barcelona in Real’s 3-1 win in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup Final – and then pushed the referee.

The Spanish Football Federation gave him an extra four games on top of the one-match automatic suspension for the ordering off.

Ronaldo and Madrid have appealed the suspension and the committee will respond on Wednesday morning.

Zidane said: “I am annoyed. We are very annoyed.

“I’m not going to have a go at the referees, but when you look and see what happened, to think Cristiano is not going to play five games …

“Something happened there, I’m annoyed. What happened, happened, but when you look at what happened and see they have given him five games, it’s a lot.”

Zidane, though, wants his players to remember the positive build-up they have enjoyed.

“A coach expects his team to be right when the official matches begin,” Zidane added.

“We prepared for that and (in the first leg against Barcelona) we competed very well, we played very well and won showing our personality. It was down to all the hard work on the tour,” he said.

“We are happy about what we’ve done so far, but it is a long season and we still have to work hard.”

Despite defending a 3-1 lead, Zidane is taking nothing for granted in what will be a third El Clasico meeting before the new campaign, having lined up against Barcelona last month in Florida, where they lost 3-2.

“Anything is possible. In football nothing is certain,” he said. “We will have to play very well because Barcelona can cause you problems at any time.

“They are a team with a lot of pride and they’re going to come here wanting to turn the game around.

“We are not going to let our guard down because we expect a difficult game, more difficult than the first leg.”

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