Thursday February 25 2021
Real Madrid to appeal Casemiro card?

There are reports in Spain that Real Madrid want to appeal the yellow card given to Casemiro that rules him out of the Champions League tie with Atalanta.

The midfielder was booked in Bergamo during the Madrid 1-0 win last night and was fortunate not to receive a second yellow card for simulation in the box.

In that situation, the referee opted to stop play and lecture him instead.

Casemiro will be suspended for the second leg in March and El Partidazo de COPE claim Real Madrid are considering an appeal to have the yellow card revoked.

This would be particularly galling for Atalanta, considering most pundits around the world agree Remo Freuler should not have been shown a straight red card just 17 minutes in.

His foul on Ferland Mendy outside the penalty area came with another defender covering and Mendy’s run was angled outwards, as if he was going to cross rather than shoot.

Last man is no longer the requirement for a red card offence, but rather calling it a clear scoring opportunity.