Real Madrid have seen their second appeal against expulsion from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player rejected by the Administrative Tribunal for Sport (TAD).
Madrid were kicked out of the competition for playing Denis Cheryshev in the first-leg of their round-of-32 tie with Cadiz. The Russian – who picked up three bookings in last season’s competition while on loan at Villarreal – started and scored in a 3-1 win for Rafael Benitez’s side.
Club president Florentino Perez has maintained that neither the club nor the player knew that Cheryshev had received a suspension and pledged to fight the ruling.
After Cadiz complained to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), the governing body’s Appeals Committee soon rejected Madrid’s appeal against their disqualification.
Madrid then opted to take the case to TAD, though they have concurred with the RFEF’s ruling.