Real Madrid could be without one of their best defenders for the Champions League semi-final match next week, as it was randomly selected to work on changes in elections during the local elections in Madrid. Defender Marcelo Vieira, who began the first leg of Real Madrid’s second leg semi-final against Chelsea in Spain on Tuesday, was randomly selected by the Spanish government to work in the election on Tuesday when there will be an election for seats in the Madrid Assembly. Another Madrid player, Victor Chust, was also picked, but was injured and would not miss the team.
All voters registered in Spain are eligible to be randomly selected to work in the election. Although 32-year-old Marcello was born in Brazil, he has played for Real since 2007 and has been a Spanish citizen for a decade.
Spanish law allows the offending, which can be given to “professionals who must attend public events at the time of the election on the day of voting when the party cannot be replaced and the suspension of its non-participation event does economic damage.”
In the past, people with football and other essential activities were exempted from the obligation to vote. For example, in 2019, Levante’s goalkeeper, Ettore Fernandez, did not have to work in the election because his team had a match that day.
Even leaving aside whether Marcelo is irreplaceable and whether the game should be canceled in his absence, there is another problem for Real’s call: in Fernandez’s case, his game was on the same day as the elections were. In the case of Marcelo, the second leg of the semi-final against Chelsea in London is not until the following evening. But Real Madrid plans to travel to England on the same election date, a day before, and due to the coronavirus protocol, Marcelo may not be able to travel on game day.
El Mundo reported that Marcelo was “deeply troubled by his electoral fate.” Real Madrid and Chelsea drew 1–1 in the first leg, where Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic became the first American to score a goal in the semifinal of the competition on Tuesday.
If he is to remain behind, Marcelo will receive at least a small bonus: survey workers are paid 65 euros (78 USD) for their workday. Marcelo’s replacement was left to the left by Ferland Mendy, but it is unclear whether he will be ready to return after an injury.