MADRID: Jude Bellingham was sent off for the first time at Real Madrid when he protested to the referee who ruled out his 99th-minute winner against Valencia.

Bellingham complained to referee Jesús Gil Manzano after the match official had blown the full-time whistle a fraction of a second before the ball was crossed in for him to head past Giorgi Mamardashvili. Had it stood, It would have been his 21st goal of the season, securing a 3-2 victory at Mestalla.

The final whistle appeared to go in two seconds before the ball went into the net. Madrid had conceded two early goals after defensive mistakes then hit back make it 2-2 with a double from Vinícius Jr.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said he had never seen anything like it before and insisted that Bellingham had not insulted the referee. The club are likely to appeal the card, which brings with it an automatic suspension. While still in the dressing room, Bellingham retweeted a post calling the decision a scandal.

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