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Football: Real clear di Maria over gesture

Published on Jan 9, 2014 9:21 PM

MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the club over a gesture he made after being substituted during their 3-0 win over Celta Vigo this week, the Spanish football giants said on Thursday.

He appeared to grab his genitals after being whistled by the crowd at the Bernabeu as he was replaced by Gareth Bale with 25 minutes remaining in Monday's tie.

But Real said in a statement on Thursday that an investigation by the club failed to establish any "fault" by the player and he would not be punished.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti added that the affair was now "closed" following an apology made by the player.

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