Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo has described his three-match ban following his dismissal in United’s 1-1 draw at Portsmouh as “unjust”.
Ronaldo, 22, received a red card for attempting to headbutt Pompey’s Richard Hughes but the Portuguese international claimed he suffered provocation throughout the game.
“I am frustrated because three matches is unjust. I am willing to resist the provocation – but only up to a limit,” Ronaldo told the Daily Mirror.
“That limit was passed at Portsmouth. It was just absurd.”
Ronaldo’s suspension kept him out of Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by derby rivals Manchester City and he will also miss the forthcoming matches against Tottenham and Sunderland.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has offered little sympathy to the Portugal winger, saying he should not have reacted to what he described as Pompey’s “intimidation tactics”.