Cádiz have issued an official statement saying that they “have reported Real Madrid to the RFEF for fielding an ineligible player, Denis Cheryshev, following a unanimous decision to do so by the club’s board.
Russia winger Denis Cheryshev started in the fourth-round tie away to Cadiz despite being suspended after picking up a third yellow card in the semi-finals of last season’s competition while on loan at Villarreal when he was booked for a third time in the 3-1 defeat to Barcelona in March, with suspensions carried over into the following season’s competition.
Cadiz in a statement on its official website wrote;
“The Cádiz CF has presented in the last hours before the RFEF, a written complaint of alleged improper alignment of footballer Denis Cheryshev, as agreed unanimously at an extraordinary meeting, the board of directors of the entity.
“This morning we have received communication by the RFEF, where it is accepted that letter, and given a deadline to Real Madrid to present the arguments he deems appropriate. As various reports have claimed that confirm that such an infringement existed.
“The cadista entity returns to its utmost respect for the Real Madrid and Real Madrid, and will not make any statements until there is an official statement by the competition committee, which dictates the magnitude of what happened.”
Meanwhile, Real Madrid manager Rafael Benítez says Real Madrid were unaware that Denis Cheryshev was ineligible to play and said that neither the Spanish Football Federation nor Villarreal told them that he was suspended.
The Real Madrid boss blamed Cheryshev’s inclusion in the starting XI on a lack of information at the club which, he said was unaware that the player picked up three yellow cards during last season’s Spanish Cup campaign and had therefore carried a suspension into this year’s.