Barca star wants counterpart to be disciplined.
Barcelona forward Neymar has pleaded with the Spanish football federation to slap Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo with a ban following his violent recent outbursts against Cordoba this month, the Daily Mail reports.
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Ronaldo kicked out at Cordoba’s Edimar Fraga before slapping teammate Jose Crespo, and though he later apologised to the pair he could still be hit with a two-match ban.
But Neymar, who says he does sympathise with fellow forwards being provoked into lashing out also believes Ronaldo should be punished for his actions.
“Those of us playing as forwards are exposed to provocations and intimidation and sometimes you lose your nerve,” Neymar said.
“It’s clear we cannot do that under any circumstances. He must be punished because of the aggression. It is difficult because sometimes there is provocation.
“It happened to Zinedine Zidane, it happened to me. Nobody has the coolness to remain calm 100 per cent of the time. We must think with our heads. I think he should be punished.
“It is the referee’s responsibility to protect players on the pitch, particularly when they are targeted by hard challenges. Hard tackles must be punished.”
The referees report holds no record of Ronaldo striking Crespo in the face, the the ref could be asked to elaborate on his report.
If slapped with any further ban Ronaldo could miss the games with Real Sociedad, rivals Atletico Madrid and Sevilla.