Despite leading the game by 5 goals, Cristiano Ronaldo once again made the headlines, albeit for all the wrong reasons, as he lashed out against Nacho Cases in Real Madrid’s 5-1 win over Sporting de Gijon.
Fouled by Nacho Cases, Cristiano Ronaldo was caught on camera kicking the opposition player’s rear end in what appeared to be a blatant foul. However, instead of being sent off for his actions, the Portuguese superstar was awarded a free-kick for Cases’ original offence.
His latest antics has once again brought the spotlight on Ronaldo’s petulant behavior on the pitch as fans took to Twitter to criticize the Real Madrid superstar for his unnecessary actions. Some even wondered as to what the punishment would have been had Luis Suarez similarly kicked out against an opposition player.
If I was Nacho Cases after the Ronaldo kick, I’d have walked off the pitch and called the police.
— James Montague (@JamesPiotr) January 17, 2016
That kick is exactly why ronaldo will never be remembered as one of the greats. Petulant child. Hope a retrospective suspension is in order. — Joe Leary (@sonofocelot) January 17, 2016
Top refereeing again in Spain as Ronaldo avoids a red card for the most blatant kick you’ll see. With the ref yards away. #LigadeMierda
— Carl Forbes (@Caz_Che) January 17, 2016
Ronaldo blocked off a by Nacho Cases and the Portuguese gives him a good kick up the arse.. Would have been a red card had the ref seen it.
— AS English (@English_AS) January 17, 2016
Ronaldo with what looks very like a kick up the xxx on Nacho Cases… which is quite silly at 5-0 up. Ref decides against any action. — Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) January 17, 2016
Meanwhile, some Barcelona fans were quick to point out a conspiracy theory suggesting that the authorities only targeted the likes of Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi in terms of suspensions and punishment.
If it was a Barça player that did that, he can be banned for d rest of d season, but it’s Ronaldo..La liga would be blind to that kick.
— •Mr Olu• (@mide_fwesh09) January 17, 2016
Ronaldo can kick out, no one will say or do anything but Neymar’s showboating is the most offensive thing in La Liga. — ME5SI (@Barzagirl_) January 17, 2016
Every game Ronaldo will kick/punch someone off the ball, no suspension the following week. La Liga. — Julian Voo (@julianvks) January 17, 2016
Also, it seems as if Cristiano Ronaldo is likley to get away without any retrospective punishment as the Spanish La Liga only takes actions in accordance with the referee’s match report.
Ronaldo unlikely to face any punishment for apparent kick off-ball on Nacho Cases. La Liga committees generally only act on ref’s report. — Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) January 17, 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo: “My kick out? I could have got a yellow. If it was on purpose, he would not have got up again. I shouldn’t have done it.” — RMadridHome (@RMadridHome) January 17, 2016
Here is a video that clearly shows Cristiano Ronaldo lashing out against Nacho Cases.