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Champions League: Marcelo To Miss Chelsea Game Due To Election Duties In Spain

 

Real Madrid defender Marcelo could miss the second leg of their Champions League semi-final at Chelsea because he has been called up to monitor a polling station during local elections.

The equivalent of INEC in Spain has called him to be an adhoc election official.

The elections for the Madrid assembly take place on Tuesday, 4 May.

All Spaniards on the electoral register can be called up to work at polling stations and are paid 65 euros (£56), needing mitigating circumstances to be excused.

Marcelo, 32, was granted Spanish citizenship in 2011.

His predicament, while certainly one of the more unusual reasons to potentially miss out on a Champions League semi-final, is not unprecedented in Spanish football.

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