May 04, 2021
Marcelo catches Real Madrid flight for Chelsea clash just in time after election duty with £17k private jet not needed
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MARCELO managed to catch Real Madrid's flight to Chelsea in time after completing his election duties.
The left-back, 32, was pictured leaving the polling station this morning alongside club officials.3Marcelo completed his duties for the election in Madrid in time to fly to London with Real MadridCredit: Rex
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And a video then showed him preparing to travel with his team-mates.
Now he should have no troubles lining up for Los Blancos in the crunch Champions League semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.
Marcelo was randomly selected for election duty last week as voters pick their candidates for the Assembly of Madrid today.
Real Madrid applied for an exemption for the defender, who also has Spanish citizenship, but the request was denied.
His role as a back-up monitor meant as long as the people fulfilling the role turned up, he would be excused.
And after reporting for duty diligently at 8am, Marca report first substitute Marcelo was let go at 9.01am, just 90 minutes before take-off with the squad.
The polling station was at the Liceo Europeo de La Moraleja school in the suburb of Alcobendas, roughly a 15-minute drive to both the training ground and airport.
According to La Sexta in Spain, the second substitute, an elderly lady, volunteered to cover Marcelo by remaining on stand-by so he could leave.
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✅ MARCELO VIAJA CON EL EQUIPO para medirse al CHELSEA.
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Real Madrid had lined up a £17,000 private jet to fly him over to London tonight in case he was needed all day at the polling station - Uefa rules meant he could not fly on the morning of the game.
They were also angered that he would be mixing with other people not in their bio-secure bubble and therefore at risk of catching coronavirus.
Zinedine Zidane commented on the potential issue last week but was confident he would have his 526-appearance star available.
The Frenchman - already without centre-back Raphael Varane - said: "It is what it is, he will fulfil his obligations. On Wednesday he will be with us, nothing changes."
Marcelo started Tuesday night's 1-1 first-leg draw with Chelsea in the Spanish capital.
But that was just the four-time winner's second Champions League outing of the season, with Ferland Mendy often given the nod this term.3The left-back played 77 minutes in the first leg and will be available for Zinedine Zidane at Stamford BridgeCredit: AP 3 Marcelo scores some impressive goals in Real Madrid training
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Man Utd turned Old Trafford corporate boxes into BEDROOMS for stars to avoid angry fan protests before Liverpool clash
MANCHESTER UNITED turned Old Trafford’s corporate boxes into substitute bedrooms to try and stop the threat of anti-Glazer protesters affecting their stars.
Liverpool’s team bus was blocked in on a side street near the team's hotel as supporters set off smoke bombs and flares outside the ground ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash.2Corporate boxes in the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand were transformed into bedrooms today for Man Utd’s starsCredit: Getty 2United's squad arrived at the THeatre of Dreams SEVEN hours before kick offCredit: Getty Old Trafford ring of steel in full flow as Man Utd players arrive seven hours early for Liverpool clash
Cops quickly stopped the reported 50 protesters from holding up the bus any longer and Liverpool's transport was soon on its way towards the Theatre of Dreams as the visitors arrived just before 7pm.
United fans welcomed it to Old Trafford by setting off smoke bombs and flares as supporters also brandished banners with anti-Glazer slogans in scenes reminiscent of 11 days ago, when the game was originally meant to be played.
United supporters descended on Old Trafford to protest the Glazer family. in large numbers ahead of kick-off on Sunday May 2.
A large group broke onto the pitch as police struggled to contain those outside the stadium in what was a largely peaceful protest - but the scenes led to the game being postponed and rearranged for tonight.
The Athletic claims that United chiefs did plan ahead for the protest and turned corporate boxes at their stadium into substitute bedrooms so players arriving early for the game could relax inside the ground and avoid the drama outside.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad arrived SEVEN HOURS early for their rearranged showdown with security was beefed up.
They usually stay at the nearby Lowry hotel before home games, which is also used to hold group meetings for players to rest on matchdays.
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But it is understood United staff deemed that option was not the ‘ideal setting’ for the Liverpool game amid the trouble last time.
Instead they transformed boxes in the Sir Bobby Charlton stand for the star-studded squad.
Beds were moved in to help players recover after two matches in 72 hours to be able to rest properly.
Extra security measures have also been put in place.
A ten-foot-high temporary wall was erected around the Munich Tunnel, the area where fans broke into the ground earlier this month.
There were also dozens of extra police, some with dogs, present for both tonight and Tuesday’s game with Leicester City, even though no protests were planned prior to that 2-1 defeat to the Foxes.