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Ronaldo red card ref suspended for a month and banned from Real Madrid games - reports

Published 07/02/2014 | 10:37

Reports in Spain claim referee Miguel Ángel Ayza Gámez has been dropped for a month in the wake of his performance.

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The referee who sent Cristiano Ronaldo off in Real Madrid's draw at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday has been suspended and banned from taking charge of any other Real matches this season, according to reports in Spain.

Ronaldo was shown a red card in the 75th minute of the match after raising his hand to Bilbao captain Carlos Gurpegi and confronting Ander Iturraspe.

The Madrid forward has been provisionally banned for three La Liga games, although Spanish radio station Cadena Cope has reported that Spain's refereeing technical committee has dropped referee Miguel Ángel Ayza Gámez for a month in the wake of his performance.

The station also says Gámez will not officiate another Real Madrid match this season and is in danger of being relegated from the list of La Liga officials.

The two dropped points meant Real missed the chance to move into second place and sit three points behind leaders Atlético Madrid and level with Barcelona.

The news of Gámez's suspension is a boost to Real, who had already confirmed they would appeal Ronaldo's ban.

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