Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that the club will appeal the red card handed to Cristiano Ronaldo in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona at Camp Nou on Sunday.
Ronadlo came off the bench in place of Karim Benzema in the second half to score a beautiful goal from a great shot and was yellow-carded for taking off his shirt in celebration, but would soon go into referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea's books again for 'simulation' although television replays showed the Portuguese star lost his footing under the challenge of Samuel Umtiti.
"We played a great game but I am annoyed by Cristiano's sending off," The Mirror quotes Zidane
"Perhaps it wasn't a penalty but the red card is a little harsh. We can't change it, but we'll try and make sure he plays on Wednesday," the former Real Madrid 'galatico' revealed.
Meanwhile Madrid captain Sergio Ramos also expressed his dissatisfaction over the sending off incident on Sunday night.
"I was far away, but I think it was a piece of play in which (Ronaldo) lost his balance, rather than feigning anything," Ramos told Spanish media outlet Marca.
"It could be appealed. Sending off a key player with 10 minutes remaining of a Clasico in which we've given our all is something which needs to be evaluated and thought about."
"In no moment was it a penalty," the Los Blancos defender added.
"I will need to watch it and evaluate it because I don't think the referee would blow for an action in which there was nothing there, knowing that he could be mistaken.
"My feeling was that it wasn't (a penalty)."11 BUSINESS NUGGETS FROM SUPER EAGLES BRONZE MEDAL TRIUMPH. The content of this ebook will propel you above your competition. DOWNLOAD NOW!!!