It is being widely reported that Sergio Ramos has been banned for 5 games for insulting referee Ayza Gámez.
The player was, of course, sent off last night after a deliberate foul. He was then additionally booked for insulting comments made toward the referee - specifically (according to the match report): calling him "shameless" repeatedly (un sinvergüenza) and stating "llevas todo el puto día jodiéndonos" (euphemistically translated as: "You've spent the whole day screwing us over").
He then took time to inform the third official that: "siempre igual, que sinvergüenzas sois" (It's always the same, you're always shameless").
The referee had, of course, disallowed a legal goal over the course of the game.
The club have apparently taken the measure of appealing Sergio Ramos's first yellow card, issued earlier in the game.
Madrid's famously hot-headed and rather impetuous central defender already holds the club record for cautions and direct red cards.
The player himself apologized last night before the decision was made:
Lamento el incidente con el árbitro, son momentos de tensión producidos por mi expulsión. Decimos cosas que después nos arrepentimos.— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) January 10, 2013
Managing Madrid will keep you all posted on developments and on the success of the appeal.
Updated: Sergio Ramos tweeted that "he hopes an equal treat to the referees that make mistakes".