Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been hit with a five-match ban after Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Ronaldo came on as a substitute in the 66th minute, and scored a rocket goal not too long after entering the pitch. He then took off his shirt in the celebration, which got him booked, and was then booked again after he dived in the eyes of referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea to earn a penalty. He then shoved the official (a shocking decision, to be honest), and is now banned one match for the red card and four for the shove. Ronaldo will now miss the Spanish Super Cup second leg against Barca, as well as Madrid’s first four league games: Deportivo La Coruna, Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad.
Orlando City star Kaká, in case you missed it, got a red card against the New York Red Bulls as the result of the referee and Video Review entirely losing the plot. In an altercation between the two teams, Kaká put his hands on the face of Red Bull and former teammate of Kaka’s Aurelien Collin, clearly in jest. The two laughed about it afterwards. The referee then went to the replay official, and gave Kaká a straight red, which is just a weird sentence as a whole. Orlando City players as well as Collin appealed to the referee to no avail. Orlando City made the statement that they disagree entirely with the red card, but that they will not appeal Kaká’s one-game suspension, presumably because teams get only two unsuccessful appeals a year and they didn’t want to risk it.
The Premier League is expected to make changes to the summer transfer window, which would move the end of the summer window up to before the start of the season. Right now, the window closes August 31, but the season started on August 11. Club representatives from all 20 clubs will vote next week on whether to move the deadline up, and the motion needs 14 clubs to vote in favor. This of course would end the possibility of transfer sagas such as Philippe Coutinho and Virgil Van Dijk from carrying on into the start of the season, and it appears most of the clubs would vote for the change.
Barcelona have confirmed an agreement with Guangzhou Evergrande for Brazilian midfielder Paulinho, for €40 million. Paulinho will have his medical on Thursday before being presented as the club’s fourth signing this summer, and will go down as Barca’s first post-Neymar signing. He will also have a release clause of €120m in his 4-year contract.
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