Spanish referee Miguel Ayza Gamez has been accused of changing his reason for sending off Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Gamez is said to have initially told his fellow officials that Ronaldo was sent off for raising his hand to Carlos Gurpegi but has since changed his story. Immediately after Ronaldo clashed with Gurpegi he was also involved in an incident with Iturraspe, with the Athletic player shown a yellow card for his part.
Ronaldo has since been banned for three league games for making a gesture toward the officials after Gamez sent him off, although he will start in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semifinal first-leg against Atletico Madrid. Real Madrid has yet to decide whether to appeal Ronaldo’s suspension.