Marcelo RELEASED from polling station duty after elderly lady volunteers to take Brazilian’s place as Real Madrid star makes last-minute dash to join Zinedine Zidane’s squad for flight to London for Chelsea clash
- Marcelo has travelled to London after being released from polling station duty
- The Brazilian, 32, was set to miss Madrid’s crunch semi-final against Chelsea
- Marcelo was randomly selected to help monitor a local election on Tuesday
- However, the intervention of an elderly lady has allowed Marcelo to leave
- Marcelo linked up with his team-mates in time for their flight to London
Marcelo has travelled with Real Madrid for their crunch clash with Chelsea after the Brazilian defender was released from election duty.
The 32-year-old had been set to miss out on the Champions League semi-final second leg in West London after being randomly called up to help monitor a local election in Madrid.
The full-back, who started the first leg last week, arrived at the polling station on Tuesday but was subsequently released and has been allowed to set off for London with his team-mates.
Real Madrid star Marcelo has been relieved of electoral duties in time for the trip to London
The Brazilian was randomly selected to take up a role at a polling station for local elections
Marcelo joined his team-mates in time for the trip to London as they left on Tuesday
The Real Madrid squad wore Hugo Boss suits as they boarded their flight to the English capital
According to Spanish outlet La Sexta, Marcelo was assigned to the role of ‘first substitute’ at the polling station, and an elderly lady who was ‘second substitute’ volunteered to take the Brazilian’s role, thereby allowing him to leave.
Marcelo was granted Spanish citizenship in 2011 to circumvent rules regarding non-EU players, which is why he was selected to monitor the local election in the first place.
Madrid had seen a request to relieve Marcelo of electoral duties rejected by authorities, making the intervention of the elderly lady all the more crucial.
Marcelo was released at 8:30 local time, with Madrid due to leave the Spanish capital at 10:30 local time for London.
Marcelo returned to the training ground in accordance with UEFA’s Covid rules on ‘bubbles’
Marcelo started in last week’s first leg draw in Madrid and is an experienced figure in the team
There had been concerns regarding any potential ‘bubble’ breaches with strict Covid regulations in place, but Marcelo made the 15-minute journey from the polling station in the suburb of Alcobendas to the training ground, allowing him to re-join the bubble before setting off – in line with UEFA rules.
Zinedine Zidane’s squad have since left for London, with Madrid’s official Twitter account sharing a video of the team getting ready to travel to England.
Marcelo was seen departing the coach dressed in a Hugo Boss suit while wearing a face mask.
The 32-year-old replaced the injured Ferland Mendy for last week’s 1-1 draw in Madrid, although he struggled against Christian Pulisic and N’Golo Kante.
Marcelo has made just 17 appearances for Zidane’s side this season, with the Frenchman opting for Mendy over his trusted lieutenant for the most part.
Zinedine Zidane’s side are behind on away goals and will look to seal a place in the final
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