The referee who sent off Cristiano Ronaldo in Real Madrid's 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday has reportedly been suspended.
Miguel Angel Ayza Gamez dismissed Ronaldo after he appeared to push Carlos Gurpegi in the face and then came head to head with Ander Iturraspe.
Real appealed the decision after replays showed Gurpegi's dramatic reaction was an apparent attempt to get the Ballon d'Or winner sent off, but the appeal was thrown out by the Spanish Football Federation.
However, InsideWorldFootball.com have tweeted that the Spanish League's Refereeing Technical Committee has dropped Gamez for a month. Further, he will not be selected for any of Real's remaining matches this season.
The referee who sent off Ronaldo at Bilbao has been suspended for a month and barred from taking charge of Real Madrid games this season— InsideWorldFootball (@insidewldftball) February 7, 2014
Ronaldo's frustrations came to the fore in the 75th-minute moments after Bilbao's stunning equaliser via Ibai Gomez's second touch of the ball, volleying past Diego Lopez from the edge of the area.
Losing Ronaldo is a blow to Los Blancos, but it's one they can overcome relatively easily.
This remains one of the deepest, most talented offensive clubs on the planet with the likes of Gareth Bale, Isco, Angel Di Maria and Karim Benzema still on the roster. They may lose a bit of punch in the three league fixtures Ronaldo is out, but it won't be crippling.
Teammate Marcelo told RealMadrid.com: "It is tough to lose a player unfairly. Cristiano’s sending off was unfair, but I am not going to talk about whether the referee had a good match or not."
The incident leaves Real without their top goalscorer in the short term, but Ronaldo will return for the crucial visit to local rivals and league leaders Atletico Madrid on Sunday, March 2.