Cristiano Ronaldo trash talker Ali Al Bulayhi likely to get one-match ban

Al Hilal's Ali Al Bulayhi confronted Ronaldo and Al Nassr fans during Saudi Pro League football match last week

Tuesday, December 05, 2023
Cristiano Ronaldoin action withAli Al Bulayhi during theAl Hilal vs Al Nassr match at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on December 1, 2023. — Reuters

Al Hilal's Ali Al Bulayhi is likely to get slapped with a one-match ban following his provocative antics and trash talk against Al Nassr's Cristiano Ronaldo at the Saudi Pro League football match last week.

During the match being played at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, indulged into agitational behaviour against Ronaldo after the latter had complained of the referee's unfair and biased attitude against Al Nassr.

However, Al Bulayhi's antics didn't stop there as he confronted Al Nassr’s Alex Telles who was sitting on the bench.

As Al Hilal increased their lead 3-0 against Ronaldo's team, Al Bulayhi then went on to tease Al Nassr fans prompting referee Wilman Roldan to give a second yellow card to the 34-year-old player — essentially expelling the Al Hilal defender from the pitch.

Meanwhile, in light of Al Bulayhi's reckless attitude, the Disciplinary and Ethics Committee of the Saudi Football Federation is expected to suspend him for one match, essentiallysports reported quoting Al Riyadiya.

The Saudi player is likely to miss Al Hilal’s match against Al Tai on Friday.

Saudi football federation's action comes as Al-Bulaihi's carelessness against Ronaldo had already incited widespread fan wrath.

The Saudi defender is no stranger to confrontations on the pitch or trash-talking as he had also confronted Argentine star Lionel Messi at the 2022 World Cup.

During the mega-event Messi and Al Bulayhi got into a heated argument with the latter telling the Inter Miami star to respect the Saudi team or else they won't be able to win.