Real Madrid's appeal to reduce Cristiano Ronaldo's five-game ban was rejected by a Spanish government's tribunal on Tuesday.
Ronaldo was suspended after pushing referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea after being shown a second yellow card late in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
Madrid had already had an initial appeal rejected by Spain's football federation (RFEF), as the sending off ruled him out of the Super Cup second leg, and a fresh appeal to the Tribunal Administrativo del Deporte...
You may have noticed a tremendous outbreak of indefensible stupidity in Spanish football over the last few days, which centres upon two intertwining trends: Refereeing mistakes and wholly unnecessary red cards.
There have been stories aplenty about clubs appealing officials' decisions and an outright lack of condemnation from the coaches toward the players who let them down and the hard fact is that it is time to put the microscope on the footballers in question, not the fallible referees.
In Sunday's away 3-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna, Real Madrid's defensive midfielder Casemiro scored. This type of event stopped being news at some point last season, as the industrious Brazilian progressively has added a remarkable offensive effectiveness to his well-regarded defensive skills.
The most outstanding aspect of Casemiro's goal is that it happened after his team put together a string of 44 consecutive passes. The whole squad participated, moving the ball for almost two full minutes...