Classico hangover continues for Real Madrid

08:54, December 02, 2010      

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Although Barcelona midfielder Xavi this Tuesday preferred not to speak about his side' s 5-0 win over Real Madrid in order 'not to rub salt into the wound' , Real Madrid appear still to be suffering a hangover as a result of the 5-0 drubbing they received at the hands of FC Barcelona in the Camp Nou Stadium.

The effects of that historic defeat will continue to drag on and the game away to Barcelona will still be relevant when Madrid entertain Valencia in the Bernabeu on Saturday night.

To begin with Sergio Ramos will be suspended for the clash. In their meeting late on Tuesday night, the Disciplinary Committee of the Spanish FA suspended him for one game after his sending off for a brutal late foul on Leo Messi.

Ramos can consider himself lucky as earlier this season Atletico Madrid defender Tomas Ujfalusi was suspended for two games for a similar offence, while Ramos was also guilty of pushing Barca' s Carlos Puyol to the ground in the same incident.

Madrid will also be without Ricardo Carvalho, the Portuguese central defender picked up his fifth booking of the season and will also be suspended for the Valencia game. Raul Albiol will return to the side against his former club, while Alvaro Arbeloa will replace Ramos.

Meanwhile Real Madrid have also been punished by the governing body of European football, UEFA, for coach Jose Mourinho' s decision to force red cards for Ramos and Xabi Alonso in their Champions League game against Ajax.

Both Alonso and Ramos forced second bookings for timewasting with the game already won 4-0 with the aim of starting the knockout stage of the competition free of bookings.

That decision has cost Mourinho a one game touchline ban, with a second game suspended for three years. Fines for Mourinho, Ramos, Alonso as well as goalkeepers Iker Casillas and Dudek total 215,000 Euros (281,000 US dollars).

Meanwhile perhaps the most important damage over the last 48 hours is not to the club' s economy, but to its image in World football.

Source: Xinhua


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