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Real Madrid to appeal against midfielder’s yellow card vs Getafe to overturn suspension for derby



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According to journalist Rodra P (h/t Madrid Zone), Real Madrid are set to appeal against Aurelien Tchouameni’s yellow card that the Frenchman received during the 2-0 win over Getafe last night.

Tchouameni, who played as a makeshift centre-back owing to Antonio Rudiger’s injury, received a booking during the added minutes of the second half.

This means the midfielder is now suspended for the next match, which happens to be the Madrid derby on Sunday, February 4.

On what grounds have Real Madrid appealed?

Tchouameni and his compatriot Eduardo Camavinga entered the game fully aware that receiving a yellow card would result in their absence from the upcoming Madrid derby.

While Camavinga successfully steered clear of any bookings, Tchouameni, unfortunately, did not escape the caution.

In the 93rd minute, Tchouameni committed a foul and received his fifth yellow card of the season.

Carlo Ancelotti personally approached the match referee for his decision. However, despite the protests, the referee’s decision remained unchanged.

Aurelien Tchouameni is suspended for the Madrid Derby. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Now, in an interesting turn of events, it has come to light that the match official was, in fact, wrong in pulling out a yellow card. Before the Frenchman had committed the error, the game was stopped for an offside call.

According to rulebooks, the player in question cannot be penalized for a foul after an offside call. That means if Tchouameni was booked, Getafe should have received a free-kick.

Since that was not the case, the referee was wrong in cautioning Tchouameni as the game had already been stopped.

This is said to be the base of Real Madrid’s argument as they plan to appeal against the card.

Rudiger picked up a knock in the first half and was taken off for the rest of the match and as reported before, the German centre-back remains a major doubt for the derby clash.

If Tchouameni misses out too, Madrid will have to resort to other tactics to form a different defence.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis



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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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