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Real Madrid star Federico Valverde will not face any sanctions over Alex Baena incident

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In what will come as a major relief for Real Madrid, midfielder Federico Valverde is unlikely to face any sanctions over the incident involving him and Alex Baena towards the end of the last season, reports Jorge Calabres of El Espanol.

Valverde and Baena were involved in an ugly altercation right after a league encounter between Real Madrid and Villarreal back in April.

The pair had engaged in verbal altercations while on the pitch during the game as well as an earlier meeting between the two teams in the Copa del Rey in January.

It was alleged that Baena had hurled insults against Valverde and his wife, who was facing complications with pregnancy at the time.

Things escalated at the Santiago Bernabeu and after the game, the Uruguayan international was reported to have punched Baena in the bus park area.

Following the incident, the matter was taken to the Competitions Committee for investigation. And it had been suggested that Valverde could be handed a four-match ban for his involvement in the bust-up based on the recommendation of an investigating judge.

However, after carefully studying the complaints and the statements from all parties involved, the Competitions Committee is understood to have decided not to sanction Valverde.

It is said that Baena’s statements presented serious inconsistencies in relation to the video recordings of the incident at the Santiago Bernabeu which were submitted to the police.

As such, the Competitions Committee has now decided not to go ahead and hit the 25-year-old midfielder with a sanction. An appeal could be filed against the verdict in the coming days, though, and it remains to be seen if Baena or Villarreal decide to follow that path.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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