Ronaldo red card was unfair, insists Marcelo

The Brazil international feels referee Miguel Ayza was wrong to dismiss the forward during Real Madrid's 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao
Real Madrid defender Marcelo has criticised referee Miguel Ayza for his decision to send off Cristiano Ronaldo during Sunday's 1-1 La Liga draw against Athletic Bilbao.

The Portugal international was dismissed after he got involved in a scuffle with Carlos Gurpegui and Ander Iturraspe in the 76th minute, but Marcelo feels his team-mate did not deserve a red card for his actions.

"It is tough to lose a player unfairly," Marcelo told the club's website.

"Cristiano’s sending off was unfair, but I am not going to talk about whether the referee had a good match or not."

The left-back stressed that even though Madrid always aim to win, a draw in Bilbao was still a good result for los Blancos.

"We won a point, which is very difficult here, but our mentality is to win every match," Marcelo continued.

"It is not always possible and we kept going until the end. Athletic Bilbao are a good team but we were unlucky and it’s a shame."

Madrid currently sit third in La Liga, trailing leaders Atletico Madrid by three points.