Real madrid have been expelled from the Copa del Rey after they fielded the ineligible Denis Cheryshev in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Cadiz.
The Russian winger picked up three yellow cards in the competition last season while on loan at Villarreal – the third in the semi-final defeat to Barcelona – and was supposed to be suspended for the first game of this season’s Copa.
However, Madrid did not realize and Rafael Benitez, taking advantage of his squad, played him from the start against the third division side. Cheryshev opened the scoring, but was taken off 45 second into the second half as word spread that he was not eligible to play.
Cadiz confirmed on Wednesday they had made a complaint to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) regarding Cheryshev’s involvement. And Spanish football’s governing body has confirmed that the club have been excluded from the tournament and handed a fine.
“Real Madrid have been found guilty of fielding an ineligible player, Denis Cheryshev, in the home match against Cadiz on December 2,” a statement read.
“The outcome of the Copa del Rey [tie] has consequently been decided in favour of Cadiz, with an additional fine of €6,001 for Madrid as per article 76 of the disciplinary code of the RFEF.
“Cheryshev’s one-match suspension has been served in the game in question.
“This decision can be appealed with the Appeals Committee within 10 days of the notification of the verdict.”