Ronaldo escapes the one match ban

Published 04/11/2015, 5:25 AM EDT


The Portuguese sensation has had his yellow card rescinded and is now available for Real Madrid’s home against Eibar on Saturday.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has escaped the one-match suspension which means that he will look forward to take his goal tally to a new height this Saturday.

The Portuguese was booked for simulation after being brought down by Rayo defender Antonio Amaya inside the box, earning a one-game suspension in the process.

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But Ronaldo is now free to start at the Bernabeu after La Liga’s appeals committee agreed that he was unfairly punished at the Estadio de Vallecas.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti hit out at what he described as an “unbelievable” decision which resulted in Ronaldo’s fifth yellow of the season, prompting a suspension.

The club backed up Ancelotti by launching an appeal on Thursday, which has been upheld by the Competition Committee.

Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez will miss Saturday’s game after picking up bookings against Rayo but Real immediately decided to appeal the yellow card for their star forward.

That appeal has now been successful and Ronaldo will be a part of Los Blancos’ starting XI against Eibar.

Real currently sit second in the table and they will be looking to close the gap on leaders Barcelona, who face a trip to fifth-placed Sevilla on Saturday evening.

A Madrid statement read, “The RFEF (Spanish Football Federation) Competition Committee has upheld the appeal submitted by Real Madrid against the yellow card shown to Cristiano Ronaldo in the match against Rayo Vallecano, agreeing to ‘rescind the caution imposed on the player by the referee’.

“The forward will therefore be eligible to play in the La Liga matchday 31 game against Éibar.”

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