Real Madrid could be in danger of being expelled from this season’s edition of the Copa del Rey after fielding an ineligible player in the first leg of their round of 32 tie against Cadiz on Wednesday night.
Russian winger Denis Cheryshev, who actually scored for Real in just the third minute at the Ramón de Carranza, was supposed to be suspended but was involved anyway in looks like a huge oversight from club officials.
The 24-year-old picked up his cup suspension after collecting three yellow cards last season while on loan with Villarreal. However, because the club were eliminated from the competition he never actually had the opportunity to serve his ban. It therefore carried over to this season and seems to have slipped under the radar.
@English_AS Cheryshev was on loan at Villarreal last season from RM but the sanction is player related as opposed to club related
— AS English (@English_AS) December 2, 2015
Cheryshev was replaced by Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic almost immediately after the second half began but by then the damage had already been done and Real’s fate lies in the hands of the Spanish Football Federation.
Earlier this week the player was rumoured to want to leave the club in January after seeing very few chances come his way so far this season and the trip to Cadiz was actually his very first start of the campaign.
To rub salt into the wound, Real’s Clasico rivals had a much better night. Barcelona thrashin Villanovense 6-1 at Camp Nou having initially been held to a 0-0 draw in the first leg back in October. Sandro Ramirez scored a hat-trick, while Munir El Haddadi bagged a brace.
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