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Criistiano Ronaldo handed three-game ban for red card

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Cristiano Ronaldo was handed a three-game ban after receiving a red card on Sunday against Athletic Bilbao

MADRID (AP) - Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for three Spanish league games for receiving a red card and then making a mocking gesture toward the match officials during a game at Athletic Bilbao.

The Portuguese forward was given a straight red for swiping his hand across the face of Bilbao's Carlos Gurpegi's following a shove from his opponent during Sunday's 1-1 league tie.

The league's disciplinary committee assessed Ronaldo a one-game ban for the red card and two more for his mocking gesture as he left the field.

Ronaldo will miss games against Villarreal, Getafe, and Elche.

Ronaldo, however, is available to play in the Copa del Rey semifinal first leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

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