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Madrid set to appeal Beckham ban

Madrid set to appeal Beckham ban

Real Madrid will reportedly appeal David Beckham's suspension for Sunday's league match with fellow title candidate Sevilla.
Madrid will turn to Spain's senior sporting appeals body, the Committee for Sporting Discipline, if Beckham's ban is ratified, sports daily Marca said Wednesday.
Beckham received his 10th yellow card of the season for time-wasting in the 74th minute of Madrid's 4-1 win over Athletic Bilbao last Sunday. Players incur an automatic one-game suspension with every five yellow cards.
Madrid argues the midfielder had delayed taking a free kick because Bilbao midfielder Fran Yeste was standing closer than the allowed 10 yards (9.15 meters).
The club will reportedly provide Spain's soccer federation with video evidence which shows Beckham had only waited to ask referee Cesar Muniz Fernandez to enforce the distance rule.
Suspension would leave Beckham with a maximum of only five games remaining before he joins the Los Angeles Galaxy in August.
Beckham's 32nd birthday was marred when he failed to complete Wednesday's training session due to a left thigh strain. Madrid said Beckham also has a sore throat.
Medical staff will examine the midfielder on Thursday before allowing him to resume training.
The former England captain has been in impressive form since his recent return from a six-week injury absence, his free kicks providing goals for Sergio Ramos in victories over Valencia and Bilbao.
Madrid, which hasn't won a major trophy since Beckham's arrival from Manchester United in 2003, is third with 60 points. Sevilla has 61, one less than leader FC Barcelona.
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Updated : 2021-04-10 20:11 GMT+08:00