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Jude Bellingham slams Spanish Federation for “Ridiculous” Two-Match Ban

Real Madrid player Jude Bellingham has slammed the Spanish Football Federation for issuing an unreasonable two-match suspension. The 20-year-old complained discomfort, stating he is unfairly targeted as someone new to LaLiga.

The penalty resulted from an incident during Real Madrid’s recent 2-2 match with Valencia, in which Bellingham was sent off and later challenged referee Jesus Gil Manzano’s call.

“I didn’t think I said anything very offensive towards him,” Bellingham told Movistar on Wednesday.

“I think I ran in a manner that was similar to the rest of my team mates. I feel like at times because I’m new and stuff, they want to try and make an example … I need to be responsible for my actions, and I gave him the excuse to send me off.

“I’m not happy with that. But I think if LaLiga and the club appeal, there can be a better agreement, because I think two games is a bit ridiculous. If I have to miss those games I take responsibility and I’ll support the team from the stands.”

According to the referee’s report, Bellingham showed respect for Manzano, especially when he contested the final whistle, believing he had scored an important goal in overtime.

The suspension cantered on the English international’s reported violent behaviour during the disagreement.

Despite losing, Real Madrid advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals with a 2-1 overall win over RB Leipzig. However, Bellingham’s presence will be observed as he misses the upcoming LaLiga matches against Celta Vigo and Osasuna.

Bellingham’s criticism adds to the ongoing controversy in Spanish football over refereeing decisions and player conduct. His vocal resistance to the suspension reflects broader worries within the football community regarding disciplinary processes and fairness.

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