Real Madrid’s head coach Rafael Benitez waits for the start of a Champions League group A soccer match between Real Madrid and Malmo at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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Spain's administrative court for sport Friday upheld Real Madrid's disqualification from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player while it decides on the club's appeal of their suspension.The club submitted the appeal to the court after the RFEF's appeals committee Thursday rejected an appeal it made last week against their disqualification from the Copa del Rey.It described Madrid's argument as "strange" and said that not disqualifying them would imply that clubs could field ineligible players without being punished.In 2001, Real coach Rafael Benitez was in charge of Valencia when they were thrown out of the same competition for fielding four non-EU players when only three were permitted.
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