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Jude Bellingham set to avoid suspension for celebrations vs Slovakia

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Had it not been for Jude Bellingham’s stunning bicycle kick in the dying minutes, England might well have been eliminated vs Slovakia from the ongoing European Championships.

The underdogs, after all, took the lead and were seconds away from qualifying when the Real Madrid talisman struck the equaliser for his side. Eventually, a Harry Kane goal in extra time saw the Three Lions march on.

Despite his key contribution to the team on the night, Bellingham soon came under the radar for his questionable celebration after his goal.

After all, his gesture of placing his hand near his mouth before moving it to his groin was seen as a violation of UEFA’s policies.

No suspension

With the incident still under review, it was unclear if Bellingham would get the green light to participate in England’s quarterfinal vs Switzerland later this week.

Accompanied to reports from RMC Sport, however, the midfield star will not face any such suspension and will be available for the upcoming game.

No suspension for Bellingham. (Photo by Carl Recine/Getty Images)

Instead, he will be fined a hefty sum of over €10,000 for his celebration vs Slovakia. Needless to say, this comes as a massive relief for Gareth Southgate’s side.

Bellingham’s explanation

Speaking to the media after the last game, the Real Madrid midfielder made it quite clear that he did not hold any ill-intent towards Slovakia in his celebration.

“It was an inside joke gesture towards some close friends who were at the game. I have nothing but respect for Slovakia,” he said.

With the matter now seemingly closed, Bellingham will look to continue working hard for the quarterfinal tie against Switzerland. After all, it will be one of England’s toughest tests yet in the tournament given their relatively poor form.

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Mbappe shirt sales 450% higher than Bellingham’s as Real Madrid rake in €800,000

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Real Madrid realized one of their biggest sporting and commercial ambitions by signing Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer this summer.

Adhering faithfully to their Galacticos philosophy, signing Mbappe exemplified that the Merengues pursue not only elite talent but also renowned figures who carry global recognition.

While Mbappe has yet to play a single minute for the club, he is already busy breaking records at the club.

Mbappe’s shirt sales are through the roof

Indeed, according to El Chiringuito, within a mere day of its launch, Kylian Mbappe’s jersey sales have soared to an astounding 450% higher than those of Jude Bellingham.

Given Bellingham’s huge name in football, this impressive statistic highlights a fervent demand for the French star’s jerseys among supporters worldwide.

Moreover, the club’s online store has reaped substantial financial rewards, generating an impressive sum of €800,000 solely from the sale of Mbappe’s jerseys.

Mbappe shirt sales are through the roof. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On top of that, they have sold more than 7,000 Mbappe shirts at the club’s physical store which will have provided further revenue boost.

Considering that the 2018 World Cup winner will don the number 9 shirt adds to the incredible demand, as several greats of the game have represented this number in the past, including Karim Benzema most recently.

Real Madrid struggling to keep up with the demand

Reports have mentioned that Real Madrid are appealing for patience from their fans as they handle the high volume of sales.

In fact, Real Madrid eventually posted a note on their website warning that delivery delays of up to 4-6 extra weeks may occur due to the great demand for Mbappe’s kits.

Tuesday, July 16 is set aside for his formal presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu, where a full house is expected to greet him, potentially with a large chunk of the fans wearing Mbappe jerseys.

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