Real Madrid boss reacts to possible four-game ban

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 01: Carlo Ancelotti head coach of Real Madrid CF talks during the press conference of Real Madrid ahead of their UEFA Champions League group F match against Celtic FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 1, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alvaro Medranda/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 01: Carlo Ancelotti head coach of Real Madrid CF talks during the press conference of Real Madrid ahead of their UEFA Champions League group F match against Celtic FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 1, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alvaro Medranda/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images) /
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Real Madrid suffered a shock result at the weekend as they could only manage a 1-1 draw against relegation-fighting Girona. Los Blancos were nowhere near their best and it took them until the 70th minute to find the opener through Vinicius Jr. But then, the fans would have hoped that that was enough to seal all three points.

Unfortunately it was not, and there was controversy to deal with. It was adjudged that the ball had struck Marco Asensio’s arm inside the penalty area and Girona were awarded a penalty kick, through which they equalised in the 80th minute. And Real Madrid could not find a winner.

Carlo Ancelotti was clearly not happy with the penalty decision, with the Italian coach firmly believing that there was no contact of the ball with Asensio’s arm. Some of his comments about the referees did not go down too well though, and rumours are floating around that he could potentially be handed a four-game ban.

As reported by Real Madrid’s official website, talking about the matter, Ancelotti said:

"“I’m not losing any sleep over it. I don’t know what’s going to happen, I’d like to reiterate that I haven’t disrespected anybody. I said something that everybody was thinking. If I get suspended, I’ll be patient.”"

Real Madrid boss has reacted to potential four-game ban for his comments

Ancelotti is one of the calmest coaches around and is generally not involved in any kind of controversy. It is safe to say that he was not happy with the incidents from the game against Girona though.

It does not feel like his comments justify a four-game ban though and that would be a pretty harsh punishment for the Italian coach, even if his comments are adjudged to be problematic.

No official decision has been made yet and it remains to be seen if any ban is handed out or not. For now, the focus of the Real Madrid manager will be on the upcoming game against Celtic, with the top spot in the Champions League group up for grabs.

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