‘Ronaldo must face ban or fine for Clasico celebration’

LFP chief Javier Tebas believes the Real Madrid forward should be punished for gesturing towards Barcelona fans after his goal in Sunday’s Clasico

Cristiano Ronaldo’s provocative celebration in the Clasico “must” see him face a fine or suspension, according to La Liga president Javier Tebas.

The Real Madrid forward taunted the Camp Nou crowd with a ‘calm down’ gesture after scoring the equaliser in Sunday’s clash with Barcelona, although Jeremy Mathieu’s opener was eventually added to by Luis Suarez.

The LFP chief is adamant players should not bate opposition fans in the way that Ronaldo did and says he will push for the Portugal international to be sanctioned.

“We have to be careful with provocative gestures by a player when he scores a goal or with any other provocation or conduct that could incite violence among spectators,” Tebas told reporters.

“It must be sanctioned, from a fine up to a suspension. We will look into it.”

If the LFP decide to suspend Ronaldo for one match then he will be absent for their first clash after the international break at home to Granada, though a harsher ban could see him miss games with Rayo Vallecano and Eibar.

In addition to criticising Ronaldo, Tebas also questioned Real Madrid’s reluctance to allow the Copa del Rey final between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona to be played at the Santiago Bernabeu later this season.

“I wish it were the Bernabeu,” he added. “However, it is the decision of the club and we must respect their decision not to allow it, for whatever reason.”

Real Madrid were eliminated from the Copa del Rey at the last-16 stage by Atletico, who were subsequently dumped out of the competition by Barca in the quarter-finals.

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