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Ivan Rakitic blames referee for Sevilla defeat: ‘Camavinga should have been sent off’



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Carlo Ancelotti has had few options on midfield apart from the usual trio of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, and Casemiro this season. However, one youngster whom he has trusted is Eduardo Camavinga.

The young French star received a start against Sevilla last night, and made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Half an hour into the game, Camavinga went into the referee’s book for a late challenge on Jesus Corona. Despite being on a yellow card, he did not slow down.

The youngster jumped into a rash challenge on Anthony Martial in the 38th minute. He dived towards the Englishman from the back, catching his ankle leading to a horrific clash.

Sevilla erupted in unison asking for a second yellow to cut short Camavinga’s stay. However, the referee decided that it was not enough to warrant a red card and booked Martial instead.

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Ivan Rakitic spoke to the media in the post-match press conference (h/t DAZN) and said he felt that Camavinga should have received his marching orders. He also gave his verdict about Vinicius Jr’s 78th-minute goal that was ruled out for ball handling.

“Camavinga should’ve been sent off and the goal Vinicius scored was a clear handball. I don’t know why there were so many protests.”

Camavinga played 45 minutes at the Ramon Sanchez Pijzuan before being replaced by Rodrygo. He had 40 touches, completed 90% of his passes, and completed two recoveries on the night.

Nevertheless, it is safe to say that Ancelotti’s decision to bring on Rodrygo was the right one as the Brazilian was instrumental in Los Blancos’ comeback.

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UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”



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Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.

Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.

A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.

Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista

Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values ​​of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”

The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.

“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Topuria triumphed over Volkanovski last Saturday. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.

Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.

Topuria’s message for Mbappe

Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.

When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”

Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.

Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.

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