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Atletico will appeal Mario Hermoso’s ‘unfair’ second yellow card against Real Madrid

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Civitas Metropolitano bore witness to a heated derby on Sunday night in which Real Madrid emerged triumphant over ten-man Atletico Madrid, courtesy of first-half goals from Rodrygo Goes and Federico Valverde.

While the Merengues seemed to be cruising towards an easy win, a late goal from substitute Mario Hermoso threw the cat among the pigeons, sparking a possibility of a comeback from the home team.

However, having become the hero for his team, the Spanish defender soon turned villain minutes later as he was shown a yellow card for brawling with Dani Carvajal, before receiving a second booking for a push on Dani Ceballos, leading to his sending off.

However, MARCA is now reporting that Atletico Madrid are planning to appeal against the second yellow card shown by referee Munuera Montero, as they believe it was an unfair decision.

Los Rojiblancos are willing to concede that Hermoso’s first booking was valid after he got into a fight with Carvajal. However, they believe that the second yellow card was unwarranted as the centre-back did not touch Ceballos with enough force to send him to the ground.

The legal team of the Spanish capital club plan to submit the video of the incident as evidence to prove that the alleged push did not deserve a booking.

There is confidence within the club that the decision will be overturned following the appeal, which would ensure that Atletico will be able to call upon Hermoso when they face top-four rivals Sevilla after the international break.

The loss on Sunday was Atletico’s second of the La Liga campaign and leaves them in seventh place on the table, already eight points shy of their neighbours, who sit atop the standings.

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Atletico Madrid have no intention of selling Manchester United target in January – Romano

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Despite Jan Oblak’s form falling off a cliff last season, he arguably remains one of Atletico Madrid’s most important players.

Especially during a time when Atleti’s typically resilient defence has been faltering, the Slovenian shotstopper’s presence in the side is unquestionably vital.

However, Manchester United are reportedly attempting to prise away the 29-year-old from the Civitas Metropolitano. A new update from an ever-reliable source has revealed whether a move remains a possibility.

As per the latest information provided by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano on The United Stand, Atletico Madrid will do their best to keep Jan Oblak beyond the current season.

There is some uncertainty surrounding the contract situation of the 29-year-old Atletico Madrid. While it is rumoured that he signed a new deal with the club until 2028 in July, an official announcement is yet to be made.

And Romano insists that the deal is not yet signed and contract discussions with the Slovenian are still ongoing. He adds that Los Rojiblancos are ‘super happy’ with their goalkeeper and want to ensure that they keep him at the club.

But if a new deal is yet to be signed, Oblak’s previous contract stands to expire next year. It has given way to rumours of a Manchester United swoop for him as early as January.

Manchester United’s need for a brand-new goalkeeper remains one of the most talked about conversations in European football. Despite David De Gea’s incredible spell at the club, Erik ten Hag is known to want a goalkeeper that is comfortable with the ball at his feet.

With the Spanish international profiling in the mould of an orthodox number one, the Dutchman’s progressive system demands the presence of a modern goalkeeper, above everything else.

Considering de Gea’s inability to morph his game in order to fit the said style of play, and his current contract expiring in 2023, there have been talks of a new goalkeeper coming in, with a January move for Oblak being touted.

From Atletico Madrid’s perspective, though, as iterated earlier, they are happy with the 29-year-old and are working towards extending his contract at the earliest possible, with Romano adding that they will do their best to ensure that he stays put at the club.

After all, the experienced campaigner has been one of the best players in his position, since his arrival back in 2014. With Oblak also being the vice-captain of the club, it is unlikely that they will sanction such a senior player’s sale in 2023

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