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La Liga will not sanction Ancelotti over referee comments after Girona clash – report
According to MARCA, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti will not be sanctioned by La Liga for his comments against the referee after their match against Girona.
Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw by Girona at the Santiago Bernabeu in late October. Los Blancos had taken the lead through Vinicius Jr in the 70th minute only for Cristhian Stuani to equalise ten minutes later from the penalty spot.
The spot-kick, given for an alleged handball by Marco Asensio, had become a topic of great debate as Ancelotti and Real Madrid deemed the call made by the referee as unjust.
The Italian tactician even went as far as claiming that the penalty had been ‘invented’ by the match officials.
This remark from Ancelotti came under the scanner of the Integrity Department of the Spanish Football Federation, who transferred the case to the Competition Committee to decide whether the Real Madrid boss should be sanctioned.
It had been reported that the Italian could see a four-match ban as a result.
However, as per the report, the investigating judge of Ancelotti’s case is going to recommend the dismissal of the file to the Competition Committee, meaning the Real Madrid boss will not face any sanction or punishment over his comments.
Following the draw against Girona, Real Madrid lost their next La Liga encounter against Rayo Vallecano. As a result, they have fallen five points behind rivals Barcelona in the La Liga title race.
The Spanish capital club could cut down that gap to just two points if they were to secure a victory when they play hosts to relegation-battlers Cadiz at the Bernabeu later tonight.
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Manchester City join race to sign €40 million-rated Real Madrid target
Manchester City have now joined the ever-growing list of admirers for Celta Vigo midfielder and Real Madrid target Gabri Veiga, reports Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail.
The 20-year-old midfielder has emerged as one of the breakout stars of La Liga this season, having impressed with his goalscoring abilities from the centre of the park. Indeed, the youngster has notched up nine goals in La Liga and his exploits have made the giants of Europe sit up and take notice.
Real Madrid are said to be interested in Veiga’s services heading into the summer. The Merengues have Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Dani Ceballos on expiring contracts and it is unlikely that all three will be renewed, especially with Jude Bellingham being on the agenda.
In case of Modric and Kroos, even if they stay, it will likely be for only a season at the most. Hence, Los Blancos could require more than one central midfielder come summer, with Veiga emerging as an option.
The 20-year-old was also attracting interest from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid. Now, Manchester City have also jumped on the bandwagon of clubs interested in Veiga’s services.
The Cityzens, who are battling Real Madrid for Bellingham as well, are set to lose Ilkay Gundogan in the summer when his contract expires. Meanwhile, Bernardo Silva’s future is also far from certain, thus necessitating the signing of another midfielder.
Veiga has a release clause worth €40 million in his contract with Celta Vigo, which should not be a problem for either Real Madrid or Manchester City.
Celta Vigo president Carlos Mourino recently admitted that the midfielder could leave the club in the summer, saying:
“We don’t want to sell Gabri Veiga, but they are going to buy him from us. And we can’t do anything there. We know some of his offers and it is impossible to reach them.
“There are several teams behind Gabri. Real Madrid? They haven’t asked us, we don’t know if they will have called the player. Of the top 10 in the Premier League, four have asked about him.”
It will certainly be interesting to see whether Real Madrid are prepared to go all out for Veiga’s signing or decide to entirely focus on their pursuit of Bellingham.