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Real Madrid starlet to miss Barcelona clash due to suspension, club appealing decision

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According to reports from AS, Real Madrid sensation Alvaro Rodriguez may not be available for the weekend’s Clasico at Spotify Camp Nou.

The youngster, who was already on four yellow cards at the domestic level, was booked for the fifth time earlier this week while playing for Real Madrid Castilla against Deportivo La Coruna.

While his booking came in the Primera division, the suspension is expected to carry forward to his next game in the Spanish league, irrespective of the division, thus forcing him to miss the Clasico.

Real Madrid have decided to file an appeal to the federation requesting his presence for the game against Barcelona. However, the chances of it succeeding appear to be slim for the yellow card would have to be overturned to make the miracle possible.

The 18-year-old has quickly climbed up the ranks under Carlo Ancelotti in recent weeks with impactful performances off the bench and already finds himself ahead of the likes of Marco Asensio, Eden Hazard, and Mariano Diaz.

In just 32 La Liga minutes this season, he has scored one goal and provided an assist despite averaging just two touches per game.

Speaking to the press earlier this month, the Real Madrid manager did not shy away from admitting that the youngster had the quality required to start for the Merengues.

“Yes, he has no experience, but no one has it when something starts. He has the quality to play from the start, yes,” he said ahead of Real Madrid’s clash against Espanyol.

Rodriguez was not expected to start the game at Camp Nou on Sunday but would have certainly been one of Ancelotti’s first options off the bench if Real Madrid find themselves chasing a deficit.

With the Uruguayan likely unavailable, the Italian tactician must look towards Asensio or Rodrygo to deliver such an impact.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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