Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey ban confirmed

It's official: Real Madrid have been expelled from the Copa del Rey after Spain's top sports court dismissed their appeal against their disqualification.

The Spanish giants were booted out of the tournament at the start of December after they fielded an ineligible player in the first leg of their last-32 encounter against Cadiz.

Although Real won the match 3-1 away against the minnows, they were kicked out as midfielder Denis Cheryshev, who scored the opening goal, was banned for the match after accumulating three yellow cards while he was on loan at Villarreal last season.

Real appealed the decision, but it was rejected by the both the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Appeals Committees, and they decided to take the matter to the Spanish Sports Ministry's Administrative Court (TAD).

However, TAD has upheld their suspension and it looks like it is the end of the matter for Real.

A statement from the club read: "The Administrative Court of Sport has dismissed the appeal made by Real Madrid C. F. concerning the Spanish Football Federation's disciplinary decisions in relation to the Copa del Rey round of 32 first-leg tie.

"The club respects but does not agree with the Court's ruling and as such announces its decision to pursue a judicial-administrative course of action, along with other possible legal options, which are currently being studied."

It means Cadiz will take on Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey last 16 with the first leg set for January 6.