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Spain court upholds Real Madrid Copa del Rey Cup disqualification

Madrid: Spain's administrative court for sport on Friday upheld Real Madrid's disqualification from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player while it decides on the club's appeal of their suspension.

The court said in a statement there was no grounds to suspend the decision of the Spanish football federation to expel Real as the club had requested but it has yet to decide on the appeal itself.

"As of today the administrative court for sport does not have all the documents that complete the dossier and as a result is not in a position to issue a final ruling," it said.

The Spanish giants were thrown out of the competition for fielding an ineligible player, Denys Cheryshev, in their tie against third-tier side Cadiz last week.

Cheryshev not only started the match but also opened the scoring in Madrid's 3-1 win. But he shouldn't have been on the field as he was due to serve a one-match ban in the cup after picking up three yellow cards whilst on loan at Villarreal last season.

Real Madrid had asked the court to temporarily suspend their expulsion while they awaited the outcome of their appeal and had continued to sell tickets on their website for the return leg against Cadiz on December 16. Earlier this season, Spanish football saw second-division Osasuna booted out of the cup in an almost identical case.

And in 2001, Real coach Rafael Benitez was in charge of Valencia when they were thrown out of the same competition for fielding four non-EU players when only three were permitted.

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