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Atletico will appeal Mario Hermoso’s ‘unfair’ second yellow card against Real Madrid
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, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave
Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are among the clubs that have made contact with the agent of PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is set to leave this summer.
This claim comes from journalist Martin Arevalo on ESPN, who states that apart from Atletico and Chelsea, an unnamed third club have also established contact with the Argentine international’s representative.
Paredes has been on PSG’s books since January 2019, when he arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg. For a large part of his time at the French capital outfit, the midfielder had been a regular starter in the side.
However, last summer saw Paredes get shipped out on loan to Juventus. He has played 33 times for the Bianconeri this season with a return of one goal and assist apiece.
The Serie A heavyweights, who were recently hit with a 10-point deduction, have the option to purchase him permanently. But, as per the report, his relationship with manager Massimiliano Allegri is not good and a return to PSG is on the cards.
And considering that he is not in the plans back at Parc des Princes either, a permanent departure away seems set in stone for Paredes.
As such, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and an unnamed club have shown interest in acquiring his services by making contact with the 28-year-old World Cup winner’s agent.
With Koke entering the final phase of his career and Geoffrey Kondogbia expected to leave at the end of the season, the Rojiblancos could do with reinforcements in the centre of the park.
Paredes, who has plenty of experience at the highest level and is known for his aggressive mentality, can be a good fit into Diego Simeone’s setup at the Civitas Metropolitano.
But, with Chelsea also in the picture, things could get tricky for the Colchoneros. After all, Atleti are operating on tight finances and are looking for bargain and free transfer signings in the market with the likes of Marcus Thuram, Jordi Alba, and Raphael Guerreiro emerging as targets.