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UEFA investigating Real Madrid talisman’s goal celebration at Euros

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Real Madrid talisman Jude Bellingham has been dominating the headlines since last night after he helped England avoid early elimination from the UEFA Euro 2024.

Indeed, the 21-year-old midfield sensation produced a sensational bicycle kick in stoppage time to help the Three Lions draw level to Slovakia in the Round of 16 tie, before Harry Kane’s extra-time goal sent them through to the quarterfinals.

Bellingham’s performance prior to his goal was criticised by some sections and the Real Madrid ace hit back at them after the game.

However, it appears that the England ace is now under UEFA’s scanner due to an action he made right after scoring his goal.

UEFA investigating Bellingham celebration

Indeed, according to Martyn Ziegler of The Times, UEFA have opened an investigation into the actions made by Bellingham right after he scored the equaliser for England against Slovakia.

The 21-year-old pulled off a stunning bicycle kick to level things on the night before wheeling off into celebrations, as he said “Who else?” showing his self-confidence.

Following that Bellingham did his trademark open arms celebration, along with England captain Harry Kane.

Bellingham’s gesture after scoring under UEFA investigation. (Photo by Carl Recine/Getty Images)

However, what followed soon after has come under the microscope as the midfielder made a gesture where put his hand to his mouth before moving it towards his groin.

Now, UEFA’s Ethics and Disciplinary Committee is taking a look at the actions as it could come under ‘a potential violation of the basic rules of decent conduct’.

Bellingham’s explanation

Bellingham, though, has already clarified his actions stating that he did not mean any disrespect towards England’s opponents Slovakia and that his gesture was directed towards friends sitting in the audience.

The action was an “inside joke gesture towards some close friends who were at the game,” he clarified before adding that he had “nothing but respect for Slovakia.”

With an official investigation now underway, Bellingham faces the risk of being punished by UEFA if his gesture was found in breach of the governing body’s ethics and disciplinary guidelines.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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