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Leganes kit man handed eight-match ban for what he said to referee during Real Madrid defeat

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Emotions were running high after Leganes surrendered what looked like a valuable Copa del Rey first-leg draw at home to Real Madrid on Thursday.

Marco Asensio's 89th-minute goal ensured a 1-0 away win on what was a nervy night for Zinedine Zidane's Los Blancos side.

Leganes head coach Asier Garitano could have been forgiven for his emotions running high after the game, having thought his side were going to secure a valuable draw against Real.

A number of questionable decisions by the referee had left the home side frustrated, given they may have taken the lead midway through the second half via a Marcos Llorente own goal.

Kiko Casillas was also forced into making a stop from the home side, as Claudio Beauvue's close-range volley nearly put Leganes in dreamland.

Asensio saves depleted Real

With the absence of Real's three major attacking threats, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, the favourites were unable to break down their opposition.

However, when Asensio delivered the goods late on for the reigning European Champions, it's understandable that the home side was wound up by such an outcome.

Leganes v Real Madrid - Spanish Copa del Rey

Though the biggest reaction came by, no other than, the Leganes kitman, Juan Dominguez, who launched a scathing attack on the officials before seeing himself sent off in the 82nd minute.

It's quite astonishing that, of all the Leganes stuff in the dugout, that their kitman was to be the one who was dismissed.

Leganes kit man handed lengthy ban

And, as reported by Sport, Juan Dominguez has been handed an eight-game ban by the Spanish football authorities, having previously been warned about protesting, shouting and swinging his arms.

But Dominquez wasn't done yet; later turning on the officials at the end of the game - having already been sent off - while having used threatening language towards the fourth official.

Leganes v Real Madrid - Spanish Copa del Rey

"Once sent off, he spoke to the fourth official in a threatening way, telling them they were 'f***ing cowards' and at the end of the game turned on the refereeing team again." according to the referee's report.

"He told us we were a bunch of shameless mugs, on various occasions, before going back to his club's dressing room."

Leganes fans will just be content that it's not their manager serving a ban, as they prepare for the second-leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday as they took turn over their 1-0 deficit. 

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