As the league tries to crack down on unruly behavior during games, La Liga said that Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo might face sanctions for seemingly inciting the crowd during their 2-1 win against Barcelona in Sunday’s Clasico match.
“We have to be careful with provocative gestures by a player when he scores a goal or with any other provocation or conduct that could incite violence among spectators,” La Liga president Javier Tebas said in an interview Tuesday.
In video footage of the match, Ronaldo is seen to seemingly gesture to the Barcelona crowd to “calm down’ after sinking Madrid’s equalising goal in the 31st minute of the match.
“It must be sanctioned, from a fine up to a suspension. We will look into it,” Tebas said of the possible actions that they would take regarding the incident.
The league has been constantly battling provocative behavor committed by both players and fans since last year. The crackdown was initiated after the death of a Deportivo la Coruna supporter in Novermber, who was killed in fan clashes before the team’s match against Atletico Madrid in the previous season.
In the following month, several such behaviour were reported by the Liga de Futbol Profesional involving the supporters of five clubs: Madrid, Barcelona, Depertivo, Rayo Vallecano, and Granda. Ronaldo himself had been subject to taunts made by unruly spectators, with some of them chanting “Cristiano is drunk!” during a the Barcelona-Levante match in February.
Real Madrid themselves also had to deal with incidents involving unruly fans, with the most recent being the attack made by two ream supporters on players Gareth Bale’s and Jese Rodriguez’s cars after the team’s defeat on Sunday.
“They say La Liga is the best in the world, but for that to be so, we have to be a secure league, that has silenced the cries of intolerance and violence within football,” Tebas further stressed in the interview.