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Real Madrid's Marcelo gets two-match ban as club reveals contract extension

Real Madrid's Marcelo gets two-match ban as club reveals contract extension
From ESPN - September 13, 2017

Real Madrid defender Marcelo has been told he will serve a two-match ban following his red card against Levante on Saturday.

The news came as Madrid announced that he had added another two years to his contract, previously due to expire in 2020.

Marcelo, 29, has won 17 trophies since joining from Fluminense in January 2007, including four La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues.

He was dismissed in the 1-1 draw after kicking out at midfielder Lerma as the pair tussled on the ground following a challenge.

Referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez wrote in his official report that he had seen the Madrid vice-captain "kick an opponent in the back, with the ball well away from the action."

Madrid presented evidence on Marcelo's behalf, but the Spanish Football Federation's competition committee imposed the ban for what it called "a violent act but without causing any injury."

The committee decided against invoking the more serious article 98, which deals with off-the-ball incidents and would have brought a suspension of at least four games.

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