- Associated Press - Friday, December 11, 2015

MADRID (AP) - Real Madrid remains disqualified from the Copa del Rey after Spain’s top sports court rejected the club’s request to temporarily suspend its removal from the competition for fielding an ineligible player, a court statement said Friday.

Madrid has appealed its disqualification and also requested an injunction suspending the sanction while the appeal was being considered, the statement said.

The court said Madrid’s request for an injunction had been thrown out Friday because “it did not fulfill the necessary requirements.”

Madrid was eliminated for fielding Denis Cheryshev in a first-leg 3-1 win over Cadiz on Dec. 2 in the opening round. Cheryshev was carrying a one-match suspension for yellow cards from last season, when he played for Villarreal on loan. Madrid did not realize until halftime in the match that the suspension existed.

Friday’s statement also said that in order to rule on Madrid’s appeal, the court would need a report from Spain’s soccer federation and then call on all other parties affected by the case “to present their allegations.”

The problem for Madrid is that the second leg is due to be played on Dec. 16.

Madrid’s appeal said the player had not been notified of his ban in person, something it maintained was “the only way the aforementioned ban can take effect.”

Madrid said late Friday that it “respects the court’s decision, which means the return match cannot be held on the scheduled date,” adding that it would “with immediate effect” refund tickets sold for the game.

The embarrassing mistake has further dented Madrid’s image this season and deepened a crisis sparked by a demoralizing 4-0 home loss to rival Barcelona two weeks ago.


Joe Wilson in Barcelona contributed to this report.

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