By now you’ve most likely heard (and perhaps laughed until you cried) about Real Madrid’s most recent crisis. Denis Cheryshev – apparently suspended after compiling three yellow cards during Copa del Rey action with Villarreal last season – featured in Rafa’s starting 11 on Wednesday. To make matters worse, dude went on to score a banger in the third minute en route to a 3-1 win. Now, it’s official: his side is out of one of its most important competitions of the season. FFS.

Here’s young Denis’ suspension notice from last May:

This is – without a shadow of a doubt – Cheryshev’s most noteworthy contribution to the equipo madrileño to date. So memorable, in fact, that Florentino was forced to call a presser yesterday afternoon to announce that the club will oppose any sanctions over fielding an ineligible player.

According to the Madrid president (who continues to demonstrate his total lack of competence when it comes to all things related to running a fútbol club), both the RFEF and Cheryshev failed to notify officials. Real Madrid was left completely in the dark.

Really?

Damn. Florentino is truly incapable of admitting when his club has made a mistake. (Hey – maybe that would make him a top notch FIFA official?). Let’s relive this incredibly creative way of getting yourself sacked and your club eliminated via Twitter:

It all started with a couple of texts and a phone call or two…
https://twitter.com/UltraSuristic/status/672172168667598850
https://twitter.com/ElChirincirco/status/672176465065197568

Homies quickly realized that they had made a huge mistake.

Cádiz fans realized it too, and proceeded to make themselves the MVPs of the match:
https://twitter.com/PasionFutbolFC/status/672171377747730438

Soccer Twitter then proved its worth and solidified Madrid’s entrance into peak banter era (we’re reaching Arsenal levels here). We may not be top of the league but at least we’re No. 1 in something…right?


https://twitter.com/DuskySprngfield/status/672499312341815296/photo/1

It almost got TOO real when Piqué joined the conversation:

😂😂😂
https://twitter.com/Barzaboy/status/672216950907535360

Friday morning the news was made official: Madrid has been eliminated from the Copa del Rey.


https://twitter.com/heimo/status/672795952307113984
https://twitter.com/Albertortega21/status/672798929377980416

What next? Hopefully a couple more goleadas and a new manager heading into 2016, that’s what. Also, be wary of fax machines.