Ineligible players could get Real Madrid bounced from Copa del Rey

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Rafa Benitez has to be shaking his head, as more embarrassment may be coming from the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid could find itself eliminated from the Copa del Rey after using one ineligible player and keeping another on the bench in Wednesday’s first leg.

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Real cruised past Cadiz, 3-1. But the game’s first goal scorer shouldn’t have been on the pitch.

Russian striker Denis Cheryshev is the goal scorer, and picked up an unserved one-game tournament ban on loan last season. There’s also a claim that Borja Mayoral shouldn’t have been on the bench due to a red card in last year’s youth Copa del Rey final.

From Squawka.com:

Last season, Cheryshev received three yellow cards in the competition whilst on loan at Villarreal, which resulted in a one-game ban.

However, it was not served in 2014/15, so carries over to this term.

Wow. And consider the precedent: Osasuna was bounced last season for the same crime. And as Squawka points out, this also happened to Benitez in 2001 with Valencia.

Barcelona’s Gerard Pique is amused.