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Real Madrid will not be sanctioned due to confusing substitutes



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A bundle of confusion ensued in the Real Madrid vs Getafe game last night, when Carlo Ancelotti tried to bring on Alvaro Odriozola in place of Marco Asensio in the 84th minute.

It was going to be Real Madrid’s fifth change of the game, but just as when Asensio was about to subbed off, Eduardo Camavinga asked to be substituted instead, as he had twisted his knee and was not able to continue.

At that point, Odriozola had already entered the field of play and the fourth official had already signalled the substitution. But he suddenly called Asensio back, in order to allow Camavinga to be substituted instead.

This period of confusion has led to fears in the Real Madrid camp that the team might face a sanction for “improper alignment”, which could result in an automatic 3-0 loss to Los Blancos.

However, as reported by MARCA (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid will not be penalised as Asensio had not left the field of play when Camavinga asked to be taken off. As a result, the club technically not did violate the rules and should not be penalised.

According to the laws of the game, “The substitution is completed when a substitute enters the field of play; from that moment, the replaced player becomes a substituted player.”

This could once again cause a bit of confusion but given that Asensio had not left the field, the situation can be interpreted as Camavinga as the player who was ‘replaced’.

While it still remains uncertain Real Madrid will get penalised, Diario AS reports the referee Juan Martinez Munuera could be given a penalty for failing to comply to the laws of the game.

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  1. M.E Leboko

    May 14, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    It may seem harsh because it was changed due to a player who everyone knew was injured having asking to be substituted at that moment.

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Real Madrid winger has two future destinations on table for next season



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Real Madrid set out on a mission to change the minds of Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Nacho Fernandez earlier this week. After all, all three players were contemplating a departure from the club for a gross lack of minutes.

Los Blancos’ latest approach seems to have impacted Ceballos’ position in a positive fashion. However, Fabrizio Romano reveals that it has not changed Marco Asensio’s mind.

According to the Italian journalist, the Spaniard will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season as a free agent.

Of the numerous options on his table, he sees Aston Villa and PSG to be the best bets. In fact, Villa have already submitted their opening bid for the player as revealed by Fabrizio Romano once again.

After a dramatic final day of action in the Premier League, Aston Villa finished in the European spots and will participate in the UEFA Conference League next season. While a move to the English club would be a steep step down, it will see Asensio receive regular playing time.

Paris-Saint Germain, on that front, appears the more probable destination. The French club are close to losing both Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr ahead of the new season, and Asensio would thus fit in as a starting quality winger. Moreover, they offer Champions League football.

The Spaniard’s role at Real Madrid this season has not been minor by any means considering his contributions. In 30 La Liga appearances, the 27-year-old has scored nine goals and provided six assists in addition to creating nine big chances and averaging 1.4 key passes per game.

However, that does not satisfy the winger who wishes to be a starter week in and week out. His departure in June appears to be now written in stone, and the club should feel hard done to not make a penny of his move.

Many in Los Blancos’ administration see Brahim Diaz as a direct replacement for the Spanish international if he leaves. Needless to say, the AC Milan star’s future will closely depend on Asensio’s situation.

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