Real Madrid has been kicked out of the Copa Del Rey for fielding an ineligible player in Wednesday’s match against Cadiz, per Guillem Balagre of Sky Sports.
Russian wing Denis Cheryshev was due to sit out that game on suspension after he received three yellow cards playing for Villareal in last year’s Copa, but Madrid coach Rafael Benitez played him anyway.
In the 3-1 victory, Cheryshev actually scored the first goal.
Despite that, Real Madrid was aware of the situation prior to halftime and removed him from the game.
But that isn’t enough for the governing bodies, as the defending Copa Del Rey champions are now out.
Of course, team president Florentino Perez isn’t happy, saying that the team should still be allowed to compete because they weren’t made aware of the situation.
“The one-match ban for three yellow cards in our view is not effective because no one has notified the player as specified in item 41.2 of the disciplinary code of the RFEF,” Perez said.
Basically, Perez is saying the following: “Nobody told us playing Cheryshev was against the rules, so the punishment shouldn’t count.”
To that, I say this: learn the rulebook, Señor Perez.
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