Real Madrid have had their appeal against Sergio Ramos’ five-match ban rejected by the Appeals Committee.
The defender was handed the suspension the other week after his red card during Madrid’s second leg Last 16 win over Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey.
Ramos was handed the ban for accumulating yellow cards in the competition, automatically triggering a one-game suspension, picking up the red card and then insulting the match officials in leaving the pitch.
Madrid had contested the decision with the Appeals Committee, arguing that the player’s second yellow and subsequent insults were part of a single failure that should not be punished separately.
However, the Committee has backed up the Competition Committee’s original decision, citing that the absolute minimum penalty Ramos could have received for breaking Article 94 of the RFEF Disciplinary Code was four games.
Madrid’s angle that Ramos’ response to the referee was mitigated as spontaneous was also thrown out.