It seems Real Madrid are set to pay a hefty price for fielding banned Russian winger Denis Cheryshev. In one of the major decisions, Real Madrid are set to be thrown out of the Copa Del Rey Cup as Rafael Benitez made a controversial decision to play suspended Cheryshev in their last-32 match against Cadiz on Wednesday. He was eventually replaced in the second half.
Cheryshev scored the opening goal for the Los Blancos which resulted in a 3-1 over Cadiz at Estadio Ramon de Carranza. According to the Goal, “He was suspended for the cup clash due to picking up three yellow cards while playing for Villarreal in last season’s competition.”
The Telegraph quoted Real Madrid coach Rafa Bentiez as saying, “We found out at half-time and took him off then as we wanted to do the right thing. The club didn’t know anything beforehand. We weren’t told by the federation or Villarreal.”
However, Cadiz president Manuel Vizcaino remained adamant to take the matter to the Spanish Federation. “The circumstances require a quick decision and the Cadiz board has decided to report Madrid for fielding an ineligible player,” he told reporters.
“We have full respect for Madrid but we have taken this decision because we feel it is right for the fans.”
Playmaker Isco stated that he is hopeful that the Spanish Federation would not hand out a suspension to the club. “I hope, for the good of football, we will play a second leg,” the 23-year-old playmaker told reporters. “It was a good match against a strong team.
“I heard of Cheryshev’s ineligibility in the second half. This is the directors’ responsibility, so they have to deal with it. We did our job to win.”
He was optimistic about decision and insisted that it is in the best interest of the game to allow Real Madrid to stay in the tournament.