Cordoba defender Edimar has said he holds no grudge against Cristiano Ronaldo after the Real Madrid star was sent off for kicking out at him during Madrid’s 2-1 victory on Saturday.
Cordoba defender Edimar has called on the Spanish football association not to hand Cristiano Ronaldo any further sanctions following the Real Madrid star’s red card. A frustrated Ronaldo received a straight red card after the incident, which happened with the score level at 1-1, but Gareth Bale later ensured that Carlo Ancelotti’s team would take all three points. The three-time Ballon d’Or winner was dismissed with eight minutes remaining of Saturday’s clash in Andalusia after aiming a kick at Edimar.
The referee’s report did not describe the incident as “violent conduct,” meaning Ronaldo will likely receive just a one-game ban. “I forgive Cristiano Ronaldo. I hold no grudge,” Edimar told AS. “It was not an attempt at aggression. He hit my legs and my mouth, nothing more. What I mean is that those responsible understand that things happen on a football pitch. He should receive a normal suspension, nothing more. I don’t want to hurt him and I hope that he remains the best player in the world.”
Ronaldo apologized for the incident via social media shortly after the match. The Portugal international will now miss his side’s next clash with David Moyes’ Real Sociedad, and an additional two-game ban would see him sit out the match with Sevilla and the Madrid derby against city rival and title holder Atletico. A late Gareth Bale penalty secured a 2-1 victory for Liga leader Madrid, leaving the club a point clear of second-place Barcelona.
It was Ronaldo’s fourth red card in La Liga since his 2009 switch to the 10-time European champion.