Real Madrid I’m New And They Want To Make An Example Of Me-Bellingham

Jude Bellingham has called his two-match suspension for dissent “ridiculous” saying as a rookie in La Liga, he is being used as an example.

The 20-year-old was suspended by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for disrespecting referee Jesus Gil Manzano following his red card in Real Madrid’s 2-2 league draw with Valencia on Saturday.

The official report from the referee claimed that Bellingham had shown a “aggressive attitude” when he challenged Manzano’s call to sound the final whistle as the England international headed home Brahim Diaz’s cross for an extra-time goal that would have won the match.

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“I didn’t think I said anything very offensive towards him,” Bellingham told Movistar after his side’s 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig in their Champions League last-16 second leg tie on Wednesday.

“I think I ran in a manner that was similar to the rest of my team mates.

“I feel like at times because I’m new and stuff, they want to try and make an example …

“I need to be responsible for my actions, and I gave him the excuse to send me off.

“I’m not happy with that. But I think if LaLiga and the club appeal, there can be a better agreement, because I think two games is a bit ridiculous.

“If I have to miss those games I take responsibility and I’ll support the team from the stands.”

Real defeated RB Leipzig 2-1 overall to go to the Champions League quarterfinals.

Bellingham will be absent from the La Liga match on Sunday against Celta Vigo at home and the trip to Osasuna on March 16.

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