Coach Zinedine Zidane revealed with full transparency during the press conference today, Friday, that Marcelo will perform the electoral duty that requires him to be present in one of the polling stations.
The Spanish newspaper “AS”, for its part, reported that Real Madrid’s petition was rejected, despite the club’s explanation that travel to London is part of the player’s job duty.
Marcelo was chosen to be among the supervisors of the Madrid presidential elections in one of the committees.
These citizens are chosen by lot, and it is their duty to oversee the voting, inventory and the smooth regularity of the electoral process, and it is a societal duty that any citizen may fall into, and in this case it falls to Marcelo, who holds Spanish nationality alongside his original Brazilian nationality.
Fortunately for Marcelo, his choice came as a backup supervisor, meaning that he was required to attend the electoral commission at eight in the morning, and if the main supervisor was present, this would allow Marcelo to leave and not be there for the whole day.
So why wouldn’t Marcelo be able to travel with the mission on Tuesday as long as he wouldn’t spend the whole day on the electoral commission?
This comes because the player is obligated to be in Madrid until the end of the election day in anticipation of any emergency that causes the exclusion of the main supervisor, at which time if Marcelo was in London, he would not be able to meet the call.
Consequently, Marcelo is expected to go to the electoral commission in the morning to prove his presence, then move to Real Madrid’s Sports City to train individually while his teammates head to London and go through the last training at Stamford Bridge in preparation for the second leg scheduled for Wednesday.
Marcelo will then join them on a private plane that will cost Real Madrid 20 thousand euros, according to the report.
Real Madrid feels great anger for the rejection of his petition, not only because it will disrupt its player from preparing for an important and fateful match, but because it exposes him to the risk of contracting the Coronavirus, so football players live in a healthy bubble that is not completely closed so that they are not exposed to infection.
The presence of Marcelo in Real Madrid’s list to face Chelsea will be mandatory, especially with the continued absence of Frenchman Ferland Mendy, making Marcelo the only true left-back on the list.
Real Madrid need to score at Tsamford Bridge to avoid bidding farewell to the tournament, as they tied one leg in Alfredo Di Stefano for each side.