Real Madrid defender Marcelo could miss the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Chelsea for a rather bizarre reason.
The Brazilian featured in the first leg in Madrid as the game ended 1-1 to leave the tie finely poised ahead of the game at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday.
Marcelo started the first leg against Chelsea as Ferland Mendy was injured[/caption]
But Marcelo could be forced to miss it because he’s been called up to monitor a polling station during local elections.
The elections take place on Tuesday, May 4 and the game will take place the following day, but the team will travel on the day of the elections.
The Spanish club are said to be ‘analysing the situation’ to see if ‘any regulation will let him travel with the team’.
El Mundo claim the club have appealed to the Electoral Commission, but the request has been denied.
Marcelo became a Spanish citizen back in 2011[/caption]
The 32-year-old was granted Spanish citizenship in 2011, meaning he, like all Spaniards, can be called up to work at a polling station where they are paid €65 (£56).
There has been a precedent in the recent past with other players in Spain able to excused.
Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernández was named on a reserve list during the November 2019 general election but was excused and allowed to play a La Liga match at Athletic Bilbao.
Bilbao’s Inaki Williams was excused from working at a polling station in 2015 because voting clashed with a match against Levante.