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La Liga president reacts to Valverde-Baena incident: “Doesn’t justify what happened”

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La Liga president Javier Tebas has finally had his say on the incident that took place between Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde and Villarreal ace Alex Baena last weekend.

After the La Liga match between the two sides at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday night, Valverde is understood to have punched Baena in the bus park area.

Valverde’s entourage claim that the midfielder’s actions were provoked by distasteful remarks made by Baena towards the Real Madrid star’s wife’s pregnancy complications.

It was alleged that the Villarreal midfielder had made incendiary comments during the Copa del Rey match between the two clubs back in January and did so again this past Saturday, leading to Valverde punching him.

While Villarreal did not file a complaint, Baena himself took the matter to the National Police and filed assault charges against Valverde. In an official statement, the 21-year-old said that he had never made any such remarks as was being reported.

The Anti-Violence Commission has also gotten involved in the scene and Tebas has now said that the decision on the sanctions for the Real Madrid star will be decided by the commission. Furthermore, he stated that while Valverde might have been provoked, it does not justify his actions.

“The Anti-violence Commission has taken the matter into its own hands and we are going to wait. It is still an aggression that takes place in a league stadium,” Tebas said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“I think the provocation is a mitigating factor but it doesn’t justify what happened. It will be the Anti-Violence Commission or the Competition Committee. It is a reprehensible act.”

Earlier today, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti and defender David Alaba refused to comment on the incident during their press conference ahead of the match against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Only time will tell how things proceed with Valverde and what kind of sanctions he might face for the actions against Baena.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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