Villarreal’s Baena reported Real Madrid’s Valverde to the police after the assault in a car park
Villarreal striker Alejandro Baena reported Real Madrid’s Fede Valverde to the police after an incident in which Valverde allegedly punched Baena in the parking lot of the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in the aftermath of Villarreal’s 3-2 win. Earth Saturday night.
A statement late on Sunday said the club had confirmed the player’s decision, meaning Valverde would face a criminal investigation.
“Villarreal player Alejandro Baena was attacked last night when he was heading to the team’s coach after the match he played against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu. Faced with this situation, the player decided to denounce the attacker to the national police.”
“Villarreal rejects any violence and believes very much in the version of the player and will support him through the process.”
This means Valverde will now face a police investigation, possible assault charges and subsequent legal punishment if found guilty, a Xinhua report said, but it is not certain whether or not he will face any sporting punishment.
His assault was not recorded in the referee’s report, as it was not long after the final whistle, but Valverde could face action from Spain’s anti-violence commission, although any potential punishment won’t be until next season.
He could also face charges under RFEF rules for “acts affecting dignity in sport” which carry a possible ban of between one month and two years.