"The competition committee upheld Atletico's appeal of the yellow card shown to Juanfran Torres against Malaga," the club said via their official Twitter account.

The news comes as a huge boost to Diego Simeone's men as the Spanish international is a key part of the Atletico defence which has conceded just 11 goals in 18 league games so far this season.

Barcelona and Atletico are locked on 49 points at the top of La Liga having dropped just five points each all season.