It was one of the most bizarre moments of the season.
Real Madrid were kicked out of the Copa del Rey after fielding the ineligible Denis Cheryshev in a match against Cadiz in December.
Nobody had informed former Real Madrid head coach Rafael Benitez of Cheryshev’s suspension and it was the Spanish coach who took most of the flak, but two scarred Los Blancos fans are seeking damages from Florentino Perez.
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This is according to Spanish newspaper AS, who understand a lawsuit was filed by Catalan lawyer Felipe Izquierdo against the Real Madrid president on Tuesday morning.
Raúl Giménez Guillem and Susana Castaño Caba claim to have been financial and morally affected after Los Blancos were thrown out of the competition by the Spanish football federation.
Real Madrid fans want €500 each
Claiming they have been subjected to ridicule following the team’s elimination, the Real Madrid fans are seeking ‘moral damages’ and are understood to be after €500 in compensation.
"We've had to endure being taunted in cafes and our place of work,” they are reported to have said, which has led to bouts of “anguish and helplessness”.
It would be incredible if the Real Madrid fans are successful and Perez was forced to pay out - but we can’t see it happening.
The timing could hardly be worse, either. Real Madrid secured their first league win over fierce rivals Barcelona since April 2012 last Saturday and fans have eased off with their criticism of Perez.
The Bernabeu faithful have called for Perez to leave the club on several occasions this season, often when results have been poor.
Real Madrid looking like a team under Zidane
He was criticised for hiring Benitez last summer and then blasted again for sacking the same man months later and replacing him with the inexperienced Zidane.
But following the Clasico victory last weekend, there’s now real belief that Real Madrid have the right man in charge.
For the first time in a long time, Real Madrid looked like a team. Even Cristiano Ronaldo was working hard and tracking back and, for that alone, Zidane deserves credit.
"[I am] Very proud of what the players did, this is not an easy ground, I'm very happy with everything, not just the result," Zidane, whose pre-match tactics were leaked by the Spanish press on Monday, was quoted as saying by Goal after the match.
"These are [just] three points. Now we must think about resting well and the next game in the Champions League."
Real Madrid take on Wolfsburg on Wednesday night and will be looking to score at least one away goal to boost their chances of reaching the Champions League semi-finals.
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