Cristiano Ronaldo handed three-match ban

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his third goal during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 9, 2013
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Cristiano Ronaldo receives a three-match ban after seeing red in Real Madrid's 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been handed a three-match ban after seeing red in Real Madrid's 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao at the weekend.

The 29-year-old was given his marching orders towards the end of the league clash at San Mames after raising his hand to Bilbao defender Carlos Gurpegi in an off-the-ball incident.

It had been suggested that the Spanish Football Association would hand the forward a one-game suspension, but after reviewing the evidence, a three-match ban has been awarded.

As a result, Ronaldo will miss league games against Villarreal, Elche and Getafe, but he will be available for tonight's Copa del Rey semi-final first leg with Atletico Madrid.

Ronaldo has scored 32 times in 30 games this season.

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Betis vs Real Madrid on January 18, 2014
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