Admin error could throw Real from Copa Del Rey
Real Madrid are set be thrown out of the Copa del Rey after playing banned Russian winger Denis Cheryshev in their last-32 win over Cadiz on Thursday morning (Singapore time).
Cheryshev, who scored after three minutes, was taken off as soon as Real realised he was ineligible but he faces a ban after being shown a third yellow card playing for Villarreal in the last season’s competition and failing to serve his suspension.
“We found out at half-time and took him off then as we wanted to do the right thing,” Real coach Rafa Benitez said.
Maybe Benitez should have listened to the Cadiz fans who started chanting: “Benitez, look at Twitter! We’re going to win this game because Cheryshev can’t play.”.
This is Real’s second high-profile administrative error this season, after their protracted move for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea fell through as the clubs missed the deadline for the paperwork to be filled.
Renowned member of the anti-Real Brigade Barcelona defender Gerard Pique seemed to join in the fun by tweeting nine emojis of crying faces.
Benitez has history with this sort of debacles with his Valencia side kicked out of the same competition in 2001 for fielding too many non-EU players.
Sources: Mirror Online, Reuters