Rodri to Miss Spain’s Final Group Game After Arguing With Referee

Rodri will miss Spain’s final group game against Albania after a brief dispute with the referee.

Under a new rule, only team captains are allowed to speak with referees, which Rodri, 27, violated during their second group match against Italy.

Already carrying a yellow card from their group opener against Croatia (a 3-0 victory), Rodri received another yellow for his argument tonight, sidelining him for the last group game.

The Manchester City midfielder has been pivotal in Spain’s recent successes, and his absence will be felt.

However, facing Albania might still be manageable for Spain. The Spanish national team currently has three points and is tied with Italy in the first half of their second group match (1-1).

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