Mason Greenwood involved in Real Madrid fight to overturn controversial Jude Bellingham ban

Mason Greenwood involved in Real Madrid fight to overturn controversial Jude Bellingham ban

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 04/03/2024

- 15:11

Updated: 04/03/2024

- 16:24

Bellingham was dismissed for the LaLiga giants in their 2-2 draw with Valencia on Saturday night

Real Madrid reportedly plan on using a 'Mason Greenwood defence' as they look to overturn Jude Bellingham's one-match ban.

Bellingham was sent off by referee Jesus Gil Manzano after allowing his temper to boil over during Los Blancos' 2-2 draw with Valencia on Saturday night.

The England international, who has scored 20 goals since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund back in the summer, had a late goal chalked off.

Bellingham headed home after a cross from Brahim Diaz, only to learn the final whistle had already been blown.

Mason Greenwood Jude Bellingham

Real Madrid are planning to use a 'Mason Greenwood defence' as they fight to overturn Jude Bellingham ban


The 20-year-old was furious and was sent off after apparently saying 'it was a f***ing goal'.

But Real are now hoping to get Bellingham's ban overturned and will, according to the Daily Mail, involve Greenwood in their appeal.

Greenwood was one of three Getafe players to be sent off as they lost to Rayo Vallecano back in January.

The striker, who is on loan at the Spanish side from Manchester United, was shown a straight red for dissent.

However, the decision to dismiss Greenwood was overturned on appeal when it was shown he had said 'f**k sake' in frustration at not being given a foul.

The United forward had not directed his expletive at the referee that day, too.

And Real are now hoping to use Greenwood as an example in Bellingham's case.

As things stand, the former Dortmund and Birmingham star is set to miss next weekend's clash with Celta Vigo.

Bellingham is, however, able to play for Real in the Champions League.

That means the youngster is expected to start when the 14-time champions go up against RB Leipzig on Wednesday night.

Real are 1-0 up from the first leg, with Diaz netting the only goal of the game.

They had been staring down the barrel of a defeat on Saturday after going 2-0 down against Valencia.

However, a brace from Vinicius Jr spared their blushes and helped the club secure a crucial point as they look to win the LaLiga title.

Real boss Carlo Ancelotti was asked about Bellingham's red card following the result at the Mestalla.

And the Italian responded by saying: "He didn’t insult the referee. He was respectful.


Mason Greenwood Getafe

Mason Greenwood was sent off for Getafe in January but the LaLiga side managed to overturn the decision


"He spoke in English and just said: 'It was a f***ing goal'."

Ancelotti continued: "There isn't much to say. Something unprecedented happened.

"We had possession. The play should stop when Valencia have the ball.

"It's unprecedented. It's never happened to me."

Real also released a statement on the incident and blamed the officials for their failure to secure all three points.

Jude Bellingham

Jude Bellingham was furious after having a goal disallowed in Real Madrid's draw with Valencia on Saturday


The statement said: "An unprecedented refereeing decision by Gil Manzano prevented Real Madrid 's victory against Valencia at Mestalla.

"With the score at 2-2 and in the last play of the game, Brahim [Diaz] crossed into the area and Bellingham finished off with a header making it 2-3.

"But the referee annulled the goal by signalling the end of the match when the Malaga native's pass went through the air.

"The league leaders deserved the three points, but added only one in a match that they were losing 2-0.

"Two goals from Vini[cius] Jr. tied the duel, finally resolved with the decision of Gil Manzano."

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