Real Madrid’s appeal against their Copa del Rey expulsion has been rejected, but the club could yet appeal to a higher court.
The RFEF on Thursday dismissed Los Blancos’ attempt to be reinstated to the Cup after being kicked out for fielding Denis Cheryshev in the first leg at Cadiz.
Cheryshev had a one-game ban to serve in the competition after picking up three yellow cards during his year on loan at Villarreal, the Yellow Submarine exiting the tournament before Cheryshev saw out his suspension.
The Russia winger played the first half of Madrid’s 3-1 win and scored the opening goal, with the club arguing that as neither they nor the player were informed of the ban, it couldn’t be legally applied and, therefore, Cheryshev was not ineligible.
Madrid may yet take their case to the Spanish Sports Tribunal [TAD] and could seek an injunction on their suspension in the meantime.
The second leg against Cadiz was scheduled for December 16 but the RFEF haven’t assigned any officials for the game as, for their part, they believe it won’t take place, but Madrid are listing the match and selling tickets for it, Marca notes.
TAD are expected to make a decision on Madrid’s case on Friday and did initially grant Elche a reprieve when they were forcibly relegated for financial reasons at the end of last season, only for the club’s demotion to later be confirmed in court.