Real Madrid learn length of Jude Bellingham suspension for Valencia red card

  • Bellingham is suspended after receiving a straight red card following their draw with Valencia
  • The England star received the red for arguing with officials after the final whistle
  • Midfielder was furious with the decision not award a late goal
Bellingham has received a two-game ban
Bellingham has received a two-game ban / Alex Caparros/GettyImages

Jude Bellingham has received a two-game La Liga ban for the red card he was shown during Real Madrid's controversial 2-2 draw with Valencia.

Real Madrid came from two goals down on Saturday to secure a valuable La Liga point which extended their lead in the standings to seven points thanks to Girona's defeat to Mallorca. However, they were made to rue a refereeing decision which ensured that they didn't snatch all three points at the death.

Referee Jesus Gil Manzano opted to blow the final whistle mere milliseconds before Bellingham headed home what he thought was the winning goal of the game - a decision which led many to recall Clive Thomas infamously blowing the full-time whistle of a World Cup game when a Brazil corner kick was mid-flight into the penalty area and destined to be headed into the back of the net by Zico.

In the huge melee after the game, Bellingham received a straight red card for his particularly vehement protestations.

La Liga have now confirmed that Bellingham's red card has resulted in a two-game suspension, as well as a fine for both the player and the club.

"Two game suspension for attitudes of contempt or inconsideration towards the referees, directors or sports authorities, with an accessory fine of €700 for the club and €600 for the offender," a statement from La Liga read.

Jude Bellingham
The disallowed goal / Alex Caparros/GettyImages

In his post-match press conference on Saturday, manager Carlo Ancelotti came out in defence of his star player, insisting that Bellingham did not insult the referee.

"We were annoyed with Bellingham's red card," Ancelotti said. "He didn't say any insults. He said in English 'it's a f*****g goal', but he was just saying what we were all thinking. [The referee] allowed play to continue. I think he made a mistake. [Bellingham] was clear in what he said.

"He was quite vehement [in his reaction] but that's normal, after what happened. It wasn't an insult, not at all."

Bellingham will miss La Liga clashes with Celta Vigo on March 10 and Osasuna on March 16. The attacking midfielder will be allowed to play in Madrid's UEFA Champions League clash with RB Leipzig however.