Winning the La Liga just got a lot harder for Real Madrid, the Los Blancos will be without manager, Carlo Ancelotti for the remainder of the season.
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) handed Ancelotti a two match suspension.
The sanction is as a result of Ancelotti’s alleged ironic applause, which he directed at the officials after Madrid played out a 2-2 draw with Valencia.
Ancelotti was found by the RFEF to have violated Article 117 of the Disciplinary Code, which states that those who “address referees, managers or officials in terms or attitudes of contempt or disregard … are punishable by suspension”.
Referee Carlos Clos Gomez’s report read: “At the end of the match the local coach Don Carlo Ancelotti, from 30 metres, turned to me applauding, ostensibly in disapproval with the officials’ performance.”