Soccer

Ronaldo describes ban as 'persecution'

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has bitterly criticized his five-game suspension for pushing a referee who had sent him off, describing the ban as “persecution.”

Ronaldo wrote on his Instagram account on Wednesday that “it is impossible to remain silent in this situation, 5 games!! It seems exaggerated and ridiculous to me, this is called persecution!”

Ronaldo’s outburst came after the Spanish soccer federation ratified his suspension, which was announced on Monday.