Monaco forward Radamel Falcao says Cristiano Ronaldo's current ban is "totally unjustified," arguing that it makes a mockery of Spain's disciplinary system.
The Real Madrid star was dismissed after squaring up to Athletic Bilbao duo Carlos Gurpegui and Ander Iturraspe during last weekend's clash between the two sides at San Mames.
Ronaldo was then hit with a three-game ban by the Spanish Football Association — one for the incident itself and an additional two matches for an allegedly offensive gesture made after the dismissal — much to the shock of Falcao, who feels that the Portuguese did not even deserve to be sent off in the first place.
"I think that it's a totally unjustified ban," the former Atletico Madrid striker told AS. "Everyone in the world of football without exception knows that Ronaldo did nothing.
"Now, with this measure, there is no difference between the player who does nothing and one that throws a real punch. The offense will be the same because the punishment is the same. Compared to some other provocative attitudes among players, what Cristiano did was nothing."
A furious Madrid challenged the severity of the suspension but the appeal was rejected Friday.
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