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Sevilla fans planning a protest against Vinicius Jr’s red card being overturned – report



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It is not every day that a red card gets annulled within 48 hours of being issued. Yet, the unprecedented event happened in La Liga less than 24 hours ago when the Competition Committee declared Vincius Jr’s red card against Valencia null and void.

The Real Madrid youngster was initially expected to miss at least three games for the latest sanction. Such a punishment would see him miss all of Real Madrid’s remaining games of the season including the weekend’s clash against Sevilla at Ramon Sanchez Pijzuan.

According to recent circulating in Seville (h/t Madrid Xtra), the Sevilla faithful are far from impressed with the decision to annul the Brazilian’s suspension. Moreover, they plan to boycott Sevilla’s home game against Real Madrid on Saturday to protest against the same.

As such Sevilla fans plan to not show up for the match at all, or enter the stadium only after the game has started.

While it is indeed rare for a red card to be reduced to nothing by the reigning body, the case of Vinicius Jr was indeed unique.

The referee in Los Blancos’ recent clash against Los Che was manipulated into giving Vini Jr his marching orders late into the second half. The confusion was courtesy of an attempt by the VAR official to show manipulated images of the incident.

The resultant decision to send Vinicius off whilst allowing Hugo Duro to walk free did not sit well with the visitors. The RFEF have since fired six referees including the VAR in charge on the night for his attempt to tamper with evidence.

While the Brazilian has official permission to join the squad with immediate effect, he did not play a part in the team’s game against Rayo Vallecano today through knee discomfort. In fact, there is a good chance he will miss the game against Sevilla for the aforementioned reason anyhow.

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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report



Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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