Real Madrid Midfielder Jude Bellingham Suspended for Two La Liga Games


Real Madrid midfielder Jude Bellingham has been handed a two-game ban in La Liga following his red card after the 2-2 draw against Valencia.

Bellingham, aged 20, believed he had scored the winner six minutes into stoppage time at the Mestalla on Saturday.

However, referee Gil Manzano had blown the full-time whistle as the cross was delivered.

England's Bellingham will be eligible to play in Real's Champions League last-16 tie against RB Leipzig on Wednesday.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) stated that Bellingham displayed "contempt or disregard" towards Manzano when Real players and staff surrounded him.

Bellingham, who was returning after a three-week absence due to an ankle injury, was fined 600 euros (£513) while Real received a 700 euro (£598) fine.

Real lodged an appeal against Bellingham's red card, but the RFEF disciplinary committee rejected their claim that the referee had made an "error."

Manager Carlo Ancelotti expressed his frustration after the incident, stating, "We were annoyed by Bellingham's red card because he didn't say anything insulting. It was frustration."

Real's leading scorer this season with 16 league goals, Bellingham will miss the matches against Celta Vigo on Sunday and Osasuna on March 16.

He will be available to return against Athletic Bilbao on March 31 after the international break.

England will play friendlies against Brazil on March 23 and Belgium on March 26.

Real currently sits seven points clear at the top of La Liga and holds a 1-0 advantage over Leipzig heading into the second leg at the Bernabeu.

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