07/02/2014 03:46 GMT | Updated 07/02/2014 03:59 GMT

Cristiano Ronaldo Red Card Vs Athletic Bilbao: Referee Suspended (VIDEO)

The referee who red-carded Cristiano Ronaldo at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday has been suspended even though Real Madrid's appeal against the dismissal was rejected.

Miguel Ángel Ayza Gámez was heavily criticised for his decision to send off Ronaldo in the second-half of Madrid's 1-1 draw in Bilbao on Sunday night.

The Spanish Football Federation upheld the decision, despite Real's appeal, however the Spanish League's Refereeing Technical Committee (CTA) has dropped Gámez for a month and he will not officiate Real matches again this season.

Ronaldo was sent off for the seventh time in his career as Real failed to capitalise on Barcelona's defeat to Valencia on Saturday.

The Portuguese received his marching orders for reacting to a shove by Carlos Gurpegi and then a confrontation with Ander Iturraspe in the 75th minute, although he appeared to be more sinned against than sinner.

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