Real Madrid’s excellent start to the league season took a hit when the reigning Spanish champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Girona.
Although the result was enough to see them get back to the top of the league table, they are now leading Barcelona only by a point.
The biggest point of contention of the match saw Marco Asensio being penalised in the 78th minute for handling the ball inside the penalty area. Girona subsequently were awarded a spot-kick, with Cristhian Stuani making no mistake in converting the opportunity.
However, Real Madrid members and staff were not happy with the situation and felt Asensio was wrongly penalised. This saw Carlo Ancelotti fuming, with the Real Madrid coach deeming the penalty as a product of referee’s invention.
But according to Diario AS, Ancelotti is facing the risk of being sanctioned for the terminology he used to refute the referee’s decision to award Real Madrid a penalty late into the game.
The report suggests Ancelotti’s words have been reported to the Competition Committee by RFEF’s Integrity Committee. They will hold a meeting in order to decide whether or not the Italian should be sanctioned.
Valencia starlet Jose Gaya was banned for a similar offence last season when the left-back directed words to a referee at a league game. He was subsequently given a four-match banned at the start of the season.
Ancelotti is facing the same situation and could be sanctioned with a similar ban, which, in turn, could be a blow for Real Madrid as they brace themselves for a crucial phase of the campaign.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.