Actual Madrid could possibly be with out one in all its finest defenders for a semifinal match within the Champions League subsequent week as a result of he was randomly chosen to work a shift on the polls throughout native elections in Madrid.
Marcelo, a fullback who began the primary leg of Actual Madrid’s semifinal towards Chelsea on Tuesday in Spain, was randomly chosen by the Spanish authorities to work on the polls on Might 4, when there will likely be elections for seats within the Madrid Meeting, El Mundo reported. A second Madrid participant, Victor Chust, was additionally chosen, however is injured and won’t be missed by the staff.
All registered voters in Spain are eligible to be randomly chosen to work on the polls. Although Marcelo, 32, was born in Brazil, he has performed for Actual since 2007 and has been a Spanish citizen for a decade.
Spanish legislation permits for exemptions, which can be given for “professionals who should take part in public occasions to be held on the voting day which are scheduled earlier than the electoral name when the celebration can’t be changed and his nonparticipation forces suspension of the occasion, producing financial damages.”
Prior to now, soccer gamers and others with urgent enterprise have been excused from the polling responsibility. In 2019, for instance, Aitor Fernández, a Levante goalkeeper, didn’t need to work the polls as a result of his staff had a match that day.
Even leaving apart whether or not Marcelo is irreplaceable and whether or not the sport must be canceled in his absence, there’s one other downside for Actual’s enchantment: Within the case of Fernández, his sport was the identical day because the election. In Marcelo’s case, the second leg of the semifinal towards Chelsea in London shouldn’t be till the next night. However Actual Madrid is planning to journey to England a day early, the identical date of the elections, and due to coronavirus protocols it will not be attainable for Marcelo to make the journey on sport day.
El Mundo reported that Marcelo was “very upset by his electoral luck.” Actual Madrid and Chelsea tied the primary leg, 1-1, on Tuesday, when Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic turned the primary American to attain within the semifinals of the competitors.
If he has to remain behind, Marcelo will at the least choose up a small bonus: Ballot staff are paid 65 euros ($78) for his or her day’s work.
A logical alternative for Marcelo at left again could be Ferland Mendy, however it’s not clear if he will likely be able to return from a calf harm.