Real Madrid are trying everything in their attempt to see Xabi Alonso play the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla on August 12th. Representatives from the club will travel to Nyon this week seeking for a reprieve as they will argue the case to UEFA’s Appeals Body.
The Basque midfielder was given a one-match ban for running down the touchline to join the celebrations of Gareth Bale’s goal in the Champions League final. Alonso was suspended from playing the final in Lisbon and was seeing the game from the stands.
Los Merengues submitted a document to UEFA a few days ago, arguing that the punishment had been too harsh. Real maintain that a fine or a Champions League ban would be more appropriate, firstly because Alonso didn’t actually venture on to the field of play, and secondly, because it doesn’t make sense for the suspension to be served in a different competition to the one in which the offence took place.
The Committee will hear Los Blancos representatives and make their decision either on Thursday or Friday. Real are confident Xabi Alonso will be able to travel to Cardiff and play the first final of the season.