Real Madrid captain Marcelo hit with 3-match ban

Real Madrid captain Marcelo has been handed a three match ban following his red card against Elche in the Copa del Rey.

The Brazilian defender was shown a straight red card in Los Blancos 2-1 extra time Copa del Rey win at Elche as well as a two-game punishment for addressing the referee, “you are really awful.”

Goals from Isco and Eden Hazard secured their place in the last eight.

Copa del Rey rules invoke an immediate one game ban for a  dismissal, however, as per reports from Marca, Marcelo’s ban was increased for critical comments made to referee Jorge Figueroa Vazquez.

Marcelo will serve his sentence in the Copa del Rey, which means he will miss both the quarter-final against Athletic Club and the likely two-leg semi-final.

Because the suspension is limited to four games, it will be served in the same tournament, and it is treated differently than the Supercopa due to the irregularity of participation in that competition.

The incident was included in Vazquez’s post-match report, and the RFEF has now confirmed Marcelo’s prolonged ban.

The Brazilian will now miss Real Madrid’s league match against Elche at home this weekend, as well as the Copa del Rey trip to Athletic Club next week and a home game against Granada.

So far this season, Marcelo has played a revolving role under Carlo Ancelotti, with French sensation Ferland Mendy ready to replace him in the starting XI.


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