Ex ref ‘tried to fax Madrid’

A former referee tried to contact Real Madrid to tell them Denis Cheryshev was banned for the Copa del Rey but couldn’t get in touch with the club.

Cheryshev played and scored against Cadiz but had a one-game ban from last season’s competition to serve and, after the Segunda B side confirmed they would complain about the Russian’s involvement in the match, Los Blancos could be banned from the tournament.

“When I saw Cheryshev was called up I sent a fax to Madrid with a detailed report, since I am a professional sports analyst and I dedicate myself to study each game and every detail,” former referee Emilio Rosanes Gonzalez told COPE, AS reports.

“I tried to warn Madrid but since I don’t work for them, although I do for other teams, it was difficult for me to find someone from the club. I called Madrid but didn’t get to talk to anyone.”

Rosanes, who officiated in the Segunda B before setting up a football school in Lugo and a football statistics business, added that he would have expected Madrid to already be aware of the situation.

“I thought Madrid would spot this mistake given the infrastructure they have,” he continued.

“I study line-ups in great detail and it was clear he was suspended. There was an alarm bell when I heard he was called into the squad.”

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