Cristiano Ronaldo's five-match ban will stand. According to the Spanish soccer federation, the Real Madrid star will continue to serve his ban starting Wednesday with the after the appeals committee denied his appeal. He will also sit out the first four matches of La Liga season, which begins this weekend.
This all comes after his actions in the first leg of the Super Cup, which saw Real win 3-1 but Ronaldo get a red card as the result of two yellows, for taking off his shirt and diving. RonaldoDe Burgos Bengoechea.
According to ESPNFC, Ronaldo's ban could still be reduced by the Spanish government's tribunal administration.
It's a big blow for Real, obviously. Losing the team's best player, others like Gareth Bale will have to step up. But Ronaldo did miss some time last season due to injury, and it didn't hamper Los Blancos as they went on to win the league crown.
Real Madrid opens La Liga against Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.