Cristiano Ronaldo's final appeal against his five-match ban for pushing a referee after his send off in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against arch rivals FC Barcelona has been declined by Spain's administrative sports court (TAD) on Tuesday.
"TAD has rejected the appeal presented by Real Madrid against the five-match ban," a TAD spokesperson confirmed to AFP.
The 32-year-old was given a one-match ban for the 10th red card of his career and extra four for pushing the referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea in the back as he protested the sending off.
Ronaldo was controversially sent off for diving in the box during his challenge with Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, a treatment he described as "persecution" by the Spanish football federation.
The Portuguese star came off the bench to score before being shown his first yellow for removing off his shirt during the celebration as Real Madrid beat Barcelona by 3-1.
"Impossible to be immune to this situation, 5 games!!" Ronaldo posted to his 108 million followers on Instagram after his first appeal was dismissed by the Federation last week.
"It seems to me exaggerated and ridiculous, this is called persecution!"
Ronaldo has already served two games of his suspension, with the first coming on Wednesday last week as Madrid completed a 5-1 aggregate win over Barcelona in the Super Cup during the return leg and over the weekend as Real opened their La Liga title defence with a 3-0 win at Deportivo la Coruna.
He will now miss the remaining three games against Valencia and Levante at home and away at Real Sociedad.