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Fede Valverde could face sanctions over Baena incident as Anti-Violence Commission gets involved



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Federico Valverde got himself into trouble after Real Madrid’s defeat to Villarreal when he punched winger Alex Baena in the parking lot.

The incident was linked to an earlier event when Baena had reportedly joked about Valverde’s unborn son. Seeking revenge, the Real Madrid superstar punched the forward, forcing the player to launch an official complaint.

In an update, Diario AS has confirmed that the Anti-Violence Commission in Spain has taken note of the incident. The committee will meet next Monday and will analyse the alleged assault.

They will take into account the complaint that was lodged to the police by Baena and ascertain the extent of the injury incurred by the victim. In any case, the file will go through criminal proceedings, after which the punishment for Valverde will be decided.

If Baena’s injury is considered to be minor, the issue is likely to be resolved with a fine. But if the player has to go through surgery, the injury will be labelled as serious.

As far as the sporting sanctions go, the Competition Committee has not entered the fray just yet, but their involvement has not been ruled out. There is a possibility the Anti-Violence Committee will refer this case to the RFEF, which would decide on the sanctions.

Official conventions dictate that a minor injury to the player could attract a ban of two to four matches. But if the injury is serious, Valverde could be facing one to six months of suspension from entering sporting venues.

It is too early to deduce anything just yet and we may receive more information in the coming week.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve



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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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