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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Soccer: Ronaldo banned 2 games for breaking rival's nose

Associated Press

MADRID Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for two Spanish league games for breaking an opponent's nose.

The Spanish soccer federation fined Ronaldo $843 Tuesday for "dangerous play that caused harm." Madrid, which was fined $253, can appeal the decision.

Malaga defender Patrick Mtiliga will be out for three weeks after being struck in the face with Ronaldo's arm in the 70th minute of Madrid's 2-0 win Sunday. Ronaldo was given a red card.

Ronaldo will miss matches at Deportivo La Coruna and Espanyol. Madrid trails Barcelona by five points at the top of the league standings.