Marcelo RELEASED from polling station duty after elderly lady volunteers to take Brazilian's place


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 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

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

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 touched down on Tuesday

Marcelo joined his team-mates in time for the trip to London as they touched down on Tuesday

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. 

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.

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 touched down in London, with Madrid’s official Twitter account sharing a video of the team arriving in England. 

Marcelo was seen departing the coach dressed in a Hugo Boss suit while wearing a face mask. 

More to follow. 

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