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La Liga chief threatens Cristiano Ronaldo punishment

Certain vulgar gestures by Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo haven't gone unnoticed.

The public frustrations of Cristiano Ronaldo have been well documented of late. During the match against Levante at the Bernabéu, he stared down angry fans and told them exactly what he thought of their whistles.

Then in the midst of the Clasico at Barcelona, the Real Madrid star grabbed his testicles and directed angry comments to match referee, Mateu Lahoz.

On Wednesday at a meeting of La Liga clubs at Espanyol's Power8 Stadium, LFP chief Javier Tebas commented on the gestures and actions of Ronaldo, hinting that the Portuguese maestro needs to curb his attitude, or risk retrospective punishment for his actions.

Tebas underlined, in quotes carried by Marca: "Whether it's Cristiano Ronaldo grabbing his balls and spouting abuse, or any other lesser known player in the Second Division, they must be subjected to punishment.” Assuring that no matter the stellar status of a player, they cannot think they're above judgement or indeed, punishment as a repercussion.

There were also suggestions that along with these two recent incidents, Ronaldo also incited the Camp Nou crowd, when he scored an equaliser for Real Madrid, then gestured for Barcelona fans to calm themselves down. Taking all three situations into account, Tebas suggested: "We can't permit players to make such gestures and they must be eliminated from football."

However, the LFP president admitted: "I don't know exactly what the disciplinary codes are in this regard, with the RFEF." Given that it's the Spanish Football Federation who issue punishments for players breaking the rules, rather than the league itself.

These comments from Tebas come in tandem with stringent measures by La Liga to eradicate all forms of violence, or any signs of intolerance, including racism, taking place inside Spanish football stadia, or around matches.

His view is clearly that players should be responsible for setting a positive example, thus has taken a dim view on the gestures and actions of Ronaldo, suggesting that the player should be punished for his recent actions.

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