The Spanish Football Federation Appeals committee has rejected Real Madrid's appeal against the five match ban handed to Sergio Ramos, for repeatedly calling referee Ayza Gámez a "disgrace" (he called him "sinvergüenza", literally "shameless") in the return leg of the Copa del Rey tie against Celta. The player still has three matches of the ban to sit out, one in the Copa against Valencia, and the next two league games, one also against Valencia, the other against Getafe.
The club's argument was that the second yellow shown to Ramos for the challenge on Augusto Fernández and the insults directed at the referee were one continuous action, deserving only one punishment, rather than two. The committee however upheld the original ruling that they are two separate offence, and therefore two separate punishments: a one game ban for the sending off, and a four match ban for the insults.
The Committee made reference to the disciplinary code of the Spanish Football Federation that states that "insulting the referee will be punished with a ban of at least four games". The ruling also referenced previous decisions, such as the ban given to Sergio García, who also called referee Del Cerro Grande a "sinvergüenza", and who was hit with a four match ban. Coentrao, who called referee Pérez Lasa an "hijo de puta", son of a whore, also received a four match ban.
The player and the club still have one remaining legal avenue open to them, an appeal to the Spanish Sports Disciplinary Committee.