Nacho Fernandez's hard and senseless tackle on Portu in stoppage time of the Girona-Real Madrid game last Saturday at Montilivi, which ended in a comfortable win for the visitors, is still having repercussions. As reported by 'Carrusel Deportivo' on 'Cadena SER', Florentino Perez contacted the Girona player by telephone to ask about his physical condition and to apologise for the horrific foul by the Merengues captain.
According to the source, the Madrid president asked Girona's protocol managers for Portu's telephone number so that he could speak directly to him and wish him a speedy recovery. A good gesture from Florentino to the attacker from Murcia, who after the first explorations seems to suffer from "a hip problem" and "a small injury in the gluteus". Unless there are any surprises, Nacho's entry will not have any important physical consequences. Good news.
We will see, on the other hand, if the decision of the Competition Committee to sanction the Los Blancos defender is commensurate with the seriousness of the offence. In the match report, referee Pulido Santana considered that the action "with the use of excessive force" by Nacho had occurred "in the dispute for the ball". The referee's description (who needed the help of the VAR to show the red card) did not include the defender's provocative gestures as he left the pitch.
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