Real Madrid defender Marcelo will be available for the return leg of Real Madrid's UEFA Champions League last-four clash against Premier League side Chelsea after he was released from Madrid election duty.
It appeared as though the highly experienced defender would miss the encounter after he was selected as a backup polling monitor for a local election in the country, and online casinos for real money usa watched this matter closely.
The Spanish side and Marcelo had requested for the South American to be excused so he could embark on the journey to London to face Premier League giants Chelsea, but the request was rejected by local authorities.
The Brazilian eventually managed to catch Real’s flight to West London in time after completing his duties as an election officer.
Marcelo, 32, was spotted leaving the polling booth this morning alongside officials of Real Madrid.
And footage then showed the left-back preparing to travel with his colleagues to London to face the Blues.
Marcelo should have no problems lining up for Real Madrid in the crucial UEFA Champions League semi-final return leg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. Last week, the defender was randomly picked for election duty as voters in Madrid pick their preferred candidates for the Assembly of the capital city on Tuesday.
Marcelo’s role as a backup election monitor meant as long as the voters fulfilling the role showed up, he would be excused to leave.
And after the Real star had reported for duty diligently at around 8 am Madrid time, Spanish media reported Marcelo was allowed to leave at about 9.01 am 90 minutes before the Real squad take-off.
The polling booth was situated at the LiceoEuropeo de La Moraleja school in Alcobendas, about a 15-minute drive to both Real Madrid’s training ground and the city airport.
As per La Sexta, an elderly lady, who is the second substitute, volunteered to cover the Real star by staying on standby so the defender could leave.
Reports claimed Real Madrid had prepared a £17,000 private jet to convey the defender to London on Tuesday night in case he was required by election authorities all day at the polling booth – Uefa regulations meant Marcelo could not fly on the day of the match.
The club were also displeased that Marcelo would be relating with other people of the society not in their bio-secure bubble and therefore at greater risk of contracting coronavirus and infecting his teammate.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane made remarks on the potential electioneering issue a week ago but was highly confident he would have his star defender available.
Zidane - already without central defender Raphael Varane - said: "It is what it is, he will fulfill his obligations. On Wednesday he will be with us, nothing changes."
The defender started last week Tuesday's 1-1 first-leg draw in Madrid with Chelsea, but that was just his second UEFA Champions League match of the current campaign, with Ferland Mendy always handed the nod this season, with New Zealand online casinos real money providing odds for the games.
Ferland Mendy is an injury doubt for the second leg match and could make the starting XI again at the Bridge.
The four-time Champions League winner became a Spanish citizen in 2011. Adults on Spain's electoral register are selected randomly to staff polling booths, for which they are paid about 65 euros.