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Bellingham’s joke falls flat: England star at risk of UEFA punishment over controversial celebration

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Real Madrid and England midfielder Jude Bellingham found himself at the centre of controversy despite his crucial equalising goal in England’s thrilling 2-1 victory over Slovakia. 

Unfortunately, his celebration took an unfortunate turn when he made an obscene gesture towards the stands, which quickly became the focal point of attention.

As a prominent player, Bellingham’s actions were bound to attract scrutiny, and fans were quick to criticize him. 

In response, the midfielder took to social media to clarify the situation, revealing that the gesture was actually an “inside joke” directed at a close friend.

“An inside joke gesture towards some close friends who were at the game. Nothing but respect for how that Slovakia team played tonight,” wrote the midfielder on his social media account.

Bellingham risking a ban

Jude Bellingham allegedly made an obscene gesture. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

However, this explanation may not be enough to shield him from potential consequences. According to UEFA’s rules, any player making an “obscene gesture” or engaging in “offensive or insulting action” can be shown a red card. 

As a result, Bellingham faces the risk of punishment from UEFA’s disciplinary body, which will review reports from the match referee and officials before making a decision.

Interestingly, this is not the first time Bellingham has faced disciplinary action this season. While playing for Real Madrid in March, he was sent off for arguing with referee Jesus Gil Manzano after a game-winning header was disallowed. 

He subsequently received an additional two-match ban in La Liga due to his “contemptuous or disrespectful attitude towards a referee”.

This incident serves as a reminder that even the smallest actions can have significant consequences in the world of football. 

Given his stature, Bellingham’s behaviour is under constant scrutiny, and he must be mindful of his actions on and off the pitch. Despite his impressive skills and contributions to his team, he must also adhere to the rules and regulations that govern the sport.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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