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Real Madrid plan to appeal if Ancelotti is sanctioned for Girona penalty comments

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It is no secret that match officials are protected strongly by football federations, and rightfully so. Their decisions can often make or break a team’s season and, unquestionably, they have a lot of power in decisions affecting the outcome of a game.

Needless to say, openly accusing the referee of unfair conduct and skewed decisions can be severely punished. Carlo Ancelotti did the same after his team’s draw against Girona at the weekend. Now, he could be forced to face the music for his actions.

It has been reported that Ancelotti could face a four-game ban after the Competition Committee was informed of his words by RFEF’s Integrity Committee.

According to reports from MARCA, Real Madrid will put forth an official appeal if the manager gets banned by the federation.

It was not Ancelotti’s opinion that was the triggering factor to the cascade of events but his wording of the same that was suggestive of the result being manipulated. In his post-match presser, as quoted by the aforementioned outlet, he said:

“It is true that the left hand is in a bit of a strange position. If he touches the ball with his hand there could be a doubt, but he simply does not give the ball with his hand. They have made it up.”

The penalty awarded on Marco Asensio’s handball helped Girona get back on level terms at the Santiago Bernabeu. Later in the game, Los Blancos also had a goal by Rodrygo Goes disallowed for controversial reasons before Toni Kroos was given a red card to kill any chances of a comeback.

The 1-1 draw meant Real Madrid are now only one point above Barcelona in the La Liga standings. It will certainly be interesting to see if Ancelotti faces any sanctions for his post-match comments.

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Real Madrid veteran set for a 40% salary reduction as part of new contract

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Following Toni Kroos’ departure and speculation over Nacho Fernandez’s imminent move to Saudi Arabia, the potential contract extension of Luka Modric should serve as a breather of fresh air for Real Madrid fans.

The Croatian international is set to continue for another season at Santiago Bernabeu. His experience and leadership will play a key role in an otherwise young Real Madrid midfield unit.

Numbers behind Modric’s new contract

As Modric gears up for a new contract at Real Madrid, a recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered details of his new deal at the Bernabeu.

It appears the Croatian international is ready to settle for a pay cut in order to continue at Real Madrid.

During the 2023/24 campaign, Modric’s net salary was around €10 million. However, there will be a substantial 40% reduction in his salary in the new deal.

Modric to take a pay cut at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

That means Modric is set to earn around €6 million net salary for the 2024/25 campaign. The terms of the new deal have been approved by the player’s entourage as well.

Set for greatness in 24/25

At the age of 38, Modric has already broken several records, including becoming the oldest player to represent Real Madrid.

But the former Tottenham midfielder could achieve much more in the coming season. If he retires by the end of next season, he will become the oldest player to retire at Real Madrid, at the age of 39. Not to mention, the midfielder will turn 40 in September 2025.

In addition, Modric currently holds six Champions League titles – equalling the tally of the legendary Paco Gento.

If the Croatian ends up winning the UCL title once again, he will create history by becoming the player with the most Champions League titles in the history of football.

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