Actual Madrid defender Marcelo may very well be prevented from taking part in in subsequent week’s Champions League semi-final second leg at Chelsea after being chosen to work in a polling station throughout a regional election, newspaper El Mundo reported on Wednesday.
Group-mate Victor Chust, who’s injured, has additionally been chosen to work through the election within the area across the capital Madrid subsequent Tuesday, the day earlier than the match in London.
Actual didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon the El Mundo report.
Until Marcelo is excused from his election-day duties, he will likely be unable to journey with the crew the day earlier than the sport.
El Mundo mentioned Actual had appealed to the Electoral Fee however the request was denied.
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A four-time Champions League winner with Actual, Marcelo began Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at residence to Chelsea as fellow left again Ferland Mendy was injured.
Marcelo, a Brazil worldwide, obtained Spanish nationality in 2011, a standard path for South American footballers in La Liga, the place there’s a restrict on the variety of gamers golf equipment can have from exterior the European Union.
All Spanish nationals on the electoral register are liable to be known as as much as work at polling stations, for which they’re paid £57, and require mitigating circumstances to be excused.
Footballers being known as to work at polling stations will not be unusual: Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez was named on a reserve checklist to work throughout a basic election in 2019 however was excused as his facet had been taking part in Athletic Bilbao on voting day.
Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams was additionally excused from working at a polling station in 2015 as voting clashed with a match towards Levante.