With the news that their coach will not be in the dugout for either of the final two games of the season, winning La Liga just got a little harder for the capital side.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti will miss the remainder of the Liga season after being handed a two-match suspension by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).
The sanction was related to the ironic applause Ancelotti is alleged to have directed at officials during his side’s 2-2 draw with Valencia on Saturday.
Ancelotti was found by the RFEF to have violated Article 117 of the Disciplinary Code, which states that those who “address referees, managers or officials in terms or attitudes of contempt or disregard … are punishable by suspension”.
Referee Carlos Clos Gomez’s report read: “At the end of the match the local coach Don Carlo Ancelotti, from 30 metres, turned to me applauding, ostensibly in disapproval with the officials’ performance.”
The 55-year-old is now set to miss his side’s remaining Liga fixtures against Espanyol and Getafe, in which the reigning European champions will attempt to overhaul Barcelona’s four-point lead at the top of the table.
Real Madrid host Juventus on Wednesday hoping to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit to book a place in the Champions League final against Barcelona in Berlin on June 6.
Goal has learned that Real Madrid will appeal the decision.