Marcelo Called To Monitor Polling Station, Set To Miss Madrid Chelsea Match

Real Madrid defender Marcelo could miss the second leg of their Champions League semi-final at Chelsea because he has been called up to monitor a polling station during local elections.

The elections for the Madrid assembly take place on Tuesday, 4 May.

Although the game at Stamford Bridge is the following night the Madrid squad will travel on election day and there are complications relating to Covid-19 regulations if Marcelo carries out his polling duties.

Madrid hope to receive permission from local authorities for Marcelo to stand aside.

In the past, Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernández who had been named on a reserve list to work during the November 2019 general election was excused and allowed to play a La Liga match at Athletic Bilbao.

Athletic’s Inaki Williams was also excused from working at a polling station in 2015 because voting clashed with a match against Levante.

Marcelo obtained Spanish nationality in 2011 and all Spanish nationals on the electoral register are liable to be called up to work at polling stations, for which they are paid €65 (£56), and require mitigating circumstances to be excused.

Marcelo started the 1 all draw first leg against Chelsea in the absence of the injured Ferland Mendy.

More: Pindula News; The Guardian

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