Real Madrid's Bellingham banned for two matches after Valencia red card

AFP , Wednesday 6 Mar 2024

Jude Bellingham has been suspended for Real Madrid's next two La Liga matches after he was sent off against Valencia last weekend, the Spanish football federation said Wednesday.

Real Madrid s English midfielder #5 Jude Bellingham vies with Valencia s Spanish defender #14 Jose Gaya during the Spanish league football match between Valencia CF and Real Madrid at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia. Photo: AFP

Madrid appealed against his red card but the federation's disciplinary committee dismissed their complaint that referee Jesus Gil Manzano made an "error" by dismissing Bellingham.

The England international, La Liga's top scorer with 16 strikes, netted moments after the referee blew for full-time in Madrid's 2-2 draw at Valencia.

Bellingham, 20, ran over to the referee insisting the goal should stand and was sent off, with Gil Manzano saying he showed an "aggressive attitude" and was "shouting".

The midfielder misses upcoming La Liga games against Celta Vigo and Osasuna.

Real Madrid lead the top flight by seven points ahead of Girona and are eight in front of rivals Barcelona, third.

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