Things are not looking good for the Spanish giants as they face a possible expulsion from the Copa Del Rey despite winning convincingly against second division team Cadiz at the Ramon de Carranza.
In the Copa Del Rey first leg against Cadiz, the Los Blancos took the game home scoring 3 goals against one goal by the Andalusian side with Isco and Cheryshev finding their way into the scoresheet. But the night took a somber turn as Madrid might be thrown out of the cup for fielding Cheryshev who should have been suspended for the game having already picked up three yellow cards at his time at Villareal last season.
As per the RFEF rules Real Madrid could face a possible debarment as happened with Osasuna in September when they played Mirandes. But the club has been on its toes and has explicitly said that they had no information about such a ban and surely the federation would take that into consideration. Director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno voiced Villareal’s incompetency in keeping Madrid in the dark about such an issue and said “Cheryshev did not know either about this possible ban. We will wait and see what happens, in any case it would be the competition judge who would decide, on Friday. But again, nobody at Real Madrid had any notification, so Cheryshev could play. It is possible that, in the moment, when Cheryshev received yellow card for Villarreal, they received the communication. But nobody told us anything about it”
If Madrid would be removed from the race then it wouldn’t be the first time that something like this has happened under Benitez’s regime. At his time at Valencia too Benitez’s team were thrown out of the competition for fielding four non EU players (sacking bells?). But in his defence the Spaniard have no inkling of such an imposition on Cheryshev and as soon as it came to light he took him off. “Clearly, the club did not know anything, the federation had not said anything, neither had Villarreal, so we thought we could field him” Rafa Benitez told reporters after the match.
In all the this muddle what could work in Madrid’s favour is Article 41 of the disciplinary code which states that the punishment cannot be imposed if the interested party have no knowledge about the ban and since both Cheryshev and Madrid were in the dark, Madrid might just slip through this one. Or maybe not! It will all be clear on Friday when the competition judge gives his decision. Till that time Madrid fans should keep their fingers crossed and hope for the best!