The jury is back and the verdict is in. Real Madrid has lost in a competition they have yet to be defeated in. The Royal Spanish Football Federation has laid down the hammer of justice on the Merengues after their 1-3 victory over Cadiz in Andalusia. Real Madrid got off to a great start against their hosts when Denis Cheryshev scored the opening goal inside three minutes of the match. The one major issue began when the lineups were confirmed but no one was apparently informed.
The home side’s fans were quick to let Rafa Benitez know of this mistake yelling out “Benitez look at your twitter” and “Cheryshev can’t play.” The Real Madrid boss attempted to alleviate the situation by withdrawing the Russian midfielder at halftime. The Merengues manager also pleaded with the press after the match that he “didn’t know” and that he was completely “unaware of the situation with Cheryshev.”
The facts are plain and simple. Denis Cheryshev accumulated three yellow cards while playing for Villarreal in last season’s Copa del Rey, which earned him a one game ban. The first chance Cheryshev had to serve said ban was against Cadiz. That fact was somehow “overlooked” by the higher ups at Real Madrid and Cheryshev played the first 45 minutes of the Copa del Rey match.
The highlight to this debacle is that; the Royal Spanish Football Federation disqualified Real Madrid from the competition. The Spanish Football Federation had a precedent to disqualify Real Madrid also. Last season Osasuna was given the boot out of the competition when they fielded an ineligible player.
The Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, has made certain that he is confident that they will be more than able to overturn the decision with an appeal. The fact, that another club had endured a disqualification from the competition before, the odds are not with Perez here.