Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde is facing a possible suspension after allegedly punching Villarreal defender Ramiro Funes Mori in the face during Saturday’s 2-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu.
According to sources close to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), the incident was not seen by the referee or the VAR, but was captured by a television camera and could be reviewed by the competition committee.
The sources said that Valverde could be charged with violent conduct and banned for up to four games if found guilty. The RFEF has until Tuesday to open an investigation and request a report from the referee.
The punch occurred in the 77th minute of the game, when Valverde and Funes Mori were involved in a scuffle near the corner flag. The Uruguayan appeared to hit the Argentine in the jaw with his right fist, causing him to fall to the ground.
Funes Mori was attended by the medical staff and continued playing until the final whistle. He did not complain to the referee or show any signs of injury after the game.
Valverde, who scored Real Madrid’s second goal in the first half, also finished the match without receiving a yellow card. He has been one of the most influential players for Los Blancos this season, scoring four goals and providing three assists in 25 appearances in all competitions.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised Valverde’s performance after the game, saying he was “very important” for the team. He did not comment on the alleged punch.
Real Madrid are currently second in La Liga, four points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, with six games left to play. They will face Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals on Tuesday.
Final Thoughts: Valverde’s Punch Could Cost Real Madrid
The alleged punch by Federico Valverde on Ramiro Funes Mori during Real Madrid’s 2-1 victory over Villarreal is a concerning incident for the club.
If found guilty, Valverde could face a suspension of up to four games, which could prove costly for Real Madrid’s title challenge in La Liga and their pursuit of Champions League glory.
Valverde has been a key player for Los Blancos this season, contributing significantly to their success in both domestic and European competitions. Losing him for a prolonged period would be a significant blow to the team’s chances of winning silverware this season.
While the incident was not seen by the referee or VAR during the game, it was captured on camera, and the Spanish Football Federation could review it and take action.
The fact that Funes Mori did not show any immediate signs of injury or complain to the referee does not excuse Valverde’s actions, which were reckless and unnecessary.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti did not comment on the incident after the game, but he may be concerned about the potential impact of Valverde’s suspension on the team’s performances.
With only six games left to play in La Liga and the Champions League semifinals against Chelsea coming up, Real Madrid can ill afford to lose one of their most important players.
In conclusion, Valverde’s alleged punch could cost Real Madrid dearly if he is suspended for a significant period. The club will need to wait for the Spanish Football Federation’s decision and hope that Valverde is not punished too severely.
However, regardless of the outcome, Valverde’s actions were unacceptable and should not be condoned in any way.