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Federico Valverde could face a four-match ban after Alex Baena incident – report



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The incident of Federico Valverde punching Alex Baena after Real Madrid’s La Liga clash against Villarreal is dominating the headlines in Spain.

The Villarreal midfielder’s alleged nasty comments about Valverde’s wife’s pregnancy complications are believed to have riled up the Real Madrid star, leading to his actions.

While from a moral standpoint, Valverde was defending his family’s honour, from the legal point of view, the Uruguayan international could see himself faced with sanctions.

According to reports from COPE, the midfielder could face to a federative sanction of four games for his actions. On top of that, the sanctions proposed by the Anti-Violence Commission will also have to be taken into account.

However, there is a clause for such a situation to come into the picture. Given that neither the match referee nor the game director was witness to the incident and nothing occurred during the minutes on the field, the incident has not been included in the official match report.

The scenario that would see the player penalised is if either Villarreal or Baena file a complaint or the police draw up a record of the happenings in the parking area.

The Yellow Submarines and their midfielder have not filed any complaint yet and have not decided on whether or not to denounce Valverde’s action to the Competition Committee. Nevertheless, developments are expected swiftly.

“Cry now that your son is not going to be born,” were the alleged distasteful words uttered by Baena to Valverde in the Copa del Rey meeting between Real Madrid and Villarreal earlier this season.

The Spanish midfielder is said to have rubbed salt onto the wound with further triggering statements last night which culminated in the Real Madrid star punching him in the face.

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Real Madrid trailing Premier League heavyweights in UEFA club rankings




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UEFA has announced its latest club rankings, based on the performance of each team in European competitions over the last five seasons, and despite winning the Champions League last season, Real Madrid trail Manchester City in these standings. 

It must be noted that the coefficients of these rankings are calculated purely on the basis of results in European competitions, without considering domestic league performance. The rankings are crucial as they determine the seedings in UEFA competition draws.

Top teams in UEFA rankings

This time, Manchester City haves outshone Real Madrid, topping the list with a coefficient of 123,000 points, while Real Madrid have 119,000 points. Bayern Munich complete the top three with a score of 108,000 points. 

Man City have been incredibly consistent since 2021, securing a Champions League title, reaching a final, and making it to a semi-final, which has propelled them to the top spot in the rankings.

Manchester City are above Real Madrid in UEFA club rankings. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The competition between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been intense, especially in the Champions League. The two giants of European football have faced each other in four knockout ties since 2020, each winning two ties. 

Their consistent performances have solidified their status as the current powerhouses of European football.

What about the other La Liga teams?

Spanish football, particularly La Liga, is well-represented in these rankings. Alongside Real Madrid, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona are notable mentions. 

Villarreal, on their part, are in the 7th place after winning the Europa League in 2021 and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2022. 

Atletico Madrid are positioned at 17th, just ahead of Barcelona, who is struggling to maintain its usual high ranking. 

Amidst all this, the English Premier League stands out as the dominant force in these rankings. Six of its teams are in the top 20, showcasing the strength and competitiveness of English football. 

The Italian League and the Bundesliga also have a strong presence, each contributing four teams to the top ranks.

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