After the controversial yellow card that marred his celebration of his milestone 300th goal for Real Madrid, forward Cristiano Ronaldo gets the last laugh as his team wins the appeal at the Spanish football commission.

“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.” A statement posted on Real’s website read.

Ronaldo received the yellow card from referee Mario Melero Lopez during Real’s match against Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday after allegedly trying to simulate a penalty. Coincidentally, the Rayo game is also where the veteran forward made his 300th goal for Real, which helped the 2-0 victory they got against the opponent.

Had the yellow card not been opposed, it would have resulted in a one-game suspension for Ronaldo, which would have made him miss Saturday’s match against Eibar.

Ronaldo’s release from suspension came in as a welcome boost following a series of setback for Madrid in the past few days.

In particular, it was announced by Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti that, after a great showing during the Rayo game, winger Gareth Bale would again be missing on the Eibar game due to an injury. “[Bale] is not available for tomorrow,” the manager said. “He had a normal scan, he has had a strain, and it is best to give him a rest ahead of Tuesday.”

The muscle injury supposedly comes in as a new one separate from the toe problem that nearly had him sidelined in the Wednesday game.

Aside from Bale, midfielders James Rodriguez and James Kroos are also out for the Saturday game, both supended after getting bookings in the Rayo game. Jese Rodriguez is expected to start in place of Bale, while Asier Marramedi and Isco will take Kroos’ and James’ positions respectively.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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