Competition punishes Raúl García with two games for his expulsion

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The club tried to get the Committee to annul the red one and among the allegations it presented an affidavit of the footballer assuring that he did not say what the minutes relate

ANDl Competition Committee has decided to punish with two games of sanction to Raúl García for the expulsion of which he was subjected last Sunday against Real Madrid. Athletic has a deadline to appeal before Appeal, which in no case will annul the punishment, so it is certain that the Navarrese will not play this Saturday against Elche. The sanction will extend to the first match of next season. Mateu Lahoz, referee for Athletic-Real Madrid, explained in the minutes that Raúl García was expelled for “addressing an assistant referee looking him in the face in the following terms: ‘your fucking mother already’. license withdrawal for two games It is the minimum penalty according to the articles of the regulation for this type of expulsion.

The allegations presented by Athletic included a sworn statement of the footballer assuring that he had not expressed himself in the terms declared by the arbitrator. Article 117 says that “addressing the referees, managers or sports authorities in terms or with attitudes of contempt or disregard provided that the action does not constitute a more serious offense, will be sanctioned with suspension of two to three games or for a period of up to one month“. The expulsion will have an additional financial fine of 1,300 euros.

Raúl García left more than disappointed the match against Real Madrid. As soon as the game ended, from which he was sent off in the 88th minute, he returned to the field to talk with the referee and make it clear that he had not uttered any insult. The talk with Mateu did not satisfy him and the television cameras captured how he I was heading crying towards the locker room area.

The resolution of the Competition Committee

Suspend Raul Garcia Escudero for 2 games, by virtue of article / s 117 of the Disciplinary Code and with an accessory fine to the club in the amount of 700.00 and 600.00 to the offender in application of art. 52.

Considering the allegations and the evidence provided by Athletic Club regarding the expulsion imposed on the player Raúl García Escudero in the 88th minute of the match, this Competition Committee considers:

First.- The alleging Club points out in its writing that there is a manifest material error in the arbitration act, insofar as the expelled player did not utter the expression reflected in the Act in any way, contributing to the effect an affidavit thereof, as well as the post-match by the team coach and video of the conversation held by the player at the end of the match with the referee trio, understanding that it was a misunderstanding on the part of the referee. Therefore, he requests that such expulsion be rescinded.

In Las Rozas de Madrid, May 18, 2021, the Competition Committee met to see and resolve the incidents that occurred during the match corresponding to the First Division category, held on May 16, 2021, between Athletic Club clubs. and Real Madrid CF, in the sports facilities of the first of both, having seen the arbitration act and other documents referring to said match and by virtue of those provided for in the articles of the Disciplinary Code of the Royal Spanish Football Federation that are cited and other precepts of general and pertinent application.

Alternatively, it is requested that in any case the possible infraction be subsumed in article 117 of the Disciplinary Code of the RFEF, sanctioning the player with a maximum of 2 matches.

Second.- It is a reiterated criterion of this Competition Committee, that the appreciation of a manifest material error in the arbitration record requires the provision of evidence that unequivocally, beyond all reasonable doubt, well accredits the non-existence of the fact reflected in the minutes or its obvious arbitrariness.

None of these assumptions concur in the present case, since the evidence provided cannot subvert the presumption of veracity of the arbitration act, since they are undoubtedly very respectable, they cannot distort what was indicated by the collegiate.

On the other hand, it is appropriate to accept the subsidiary allegation of the alleged club, since this Committee agrees that the conduct described in the Act is subsumed in the offending type established in article 117 of the RFEF Disciplinary Code, proceeding to impose the sanction of two matches of suspension.

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