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Real Madrid kicked out of Copa del Rey for fielding ineligible player

Cadiz v Real Madrid - Copa del Rey: Round of 32

CADIZ, SPAIN - DECEMBER 02: Denis Cheryshev of Real Madrid is substiruted in the first minute of the 2nd half during the Copa del Rey Round of 32 First Leg match between Cadiz and Real Madrid at Ramon de Carranza stadium on December 2, 2015 in Cadiz, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

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Real Madrid have been kicked out of the Copa del Rey after fielding an ineligible player.

Denis Cheryshev scored the opening goal for Real in their 3-1 win over Cadiz in the fourth round of the tournament earlier this week. However, Cheryshev was not eligible to play in the match as he should have been suspended.

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After picking up three yellow cards in the tournament last season while on loan at Villarreal, Cheryshev was supposed to serve a one-match suspension. However, he started in Real’s win against Cadiz, a side from Spain’s third division.

Real has said that neither the club nor the player were ever notified of the suspension by the Spanish Federation, and are likely to appeal the ruling.

Real Madrid has won the Copa del Rey nine times, most recently in 2014.