Al Hilal Star Ali Al Bulayhi to Be Suspended After Red Card vs Al Nassr

Al Hilal Star Ali Al Bulayhi to Be Suspended After Red Card vs Al Nassr

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Ali Al Bulayhi and Al Hilal beat Al-Nassr on Friday in the Riyadh Derby
  • The defender clashed with Cristiano Ronaldo before getting a red card
  • He is now set to be suspended for one game for his antics

The first Riyadh Derby of the 2023/24 season was one for the books. It had everything from drama to entertainment.

Al-Hilal comfortably beat Cristiano Ronaldo's Al-Nassr 3-0, but the match was full of controversy.

Al-Hilal player Ali Al Bulayhi had an altercation with the Al-Nassr superstar, confronted Ronaldo during the match and received a red card late in the game.

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Al Bulayhi and Ronaldo clashed in the Riyadh Derby. Photos by Michael Regan and Khalid Alhaj/MB Media.
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Sergei Milinkovic-Savic and a late brace from Aleksandar Mitrovic gave the league leaders their 13th win of the season from 15 Saudi Pro League games.

They remain unbeaten in all competitions this season and are looking to win their first SPL title since the 2021/22 season.

Ronaldo tasted defeat for the first time since August and couldn't extend his lead on top of the goalscoring charts.

The defeat leaves Al-Nassr second with 34 points, seven behind leaders Al-Hilal.

Ali Al Bulayhi in trouble?

The veteran defender, who also clashed with Lionel Messi during the 2022 World Cup, confronted Ronaldo last Friday and also had a few words for Alex Telles.

He was shown a straight red card for provoking the fans, per Al Riyadiya via Essentially Sports. He will, therefore, be suspended for Al-Hilal's clash with Al Tai on Friday, December 8.

Al Bulayhi was not scared to confront Ronaldo, and although he will miss the game, he has the bragging rights until the two rivals meet again.

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Al Bulayhi troll Ronaldo

Sports Brief earlier reported on Al Bulayhi trolling Ronaldo during the Riyadh Derby.

The defender was spotted squaring up to Cristiano Ronaldo during the match, getting in the face of the Portuguese superstar.

Ronaldo didn’t give the defender the satisfaction of reacting to his taunts, but Albulayhi was done with him.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.