Real Madrid have been expelled from this season's Copa del Rey after fielding an illegible player in the 3-1 win over Cadiz.
Denis Cheryshev started the match against the Segunda B side and opened the scoring in the third minute.
During the game, news started to flood in that the Russian midfielder should have been serving a ban due to picking up three yellow cards for Villarreal in last season's competition.
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The 24-year-old was substituted one minute into the second half, but Cadiz filed an official complaint which was referred to the president of the RFEF competition committee, Francisco Rubio Sanchez, who decided there was no choice but to kick Madrid out.
Los Blancos president Florentino Perez had insisted the club had no knowledge of his suspension.
The Bernabeu giants are the second club to be booted out of the competition after Osasuna made the same mistake in September.
The elimination will only further frustrate Real Madrid, who are still recovering from their 4-0 humbling at the hands of Barcelona a fortnight ago.
Out of the Copa del Rey and six points behind a ruthless Barcelona in La Liga, their season is already beginning to look bleak.
They are through to the final 16 of the Champions League, but their current form does not suggest they will go on to win the competition.
Rafa Benitez is a man under pressure and his cause will not have been helped by this situation.
We doubt Los Blancos will receive much sympathy from Gerard Pique.