The full-back, who started the first leg last week, arrived at the polling station on Tuesday but was subsequently released and has been allowed to set off for London with his team-mates.
Real Madrid star Marcelo has been relieved of electoral duties in time for the trip to London
The Brazilian was randomly selected to take up a role at a polling station for local elections
Marcelo joined his team-mates in time for the trip to London as they touched down on Tuesday
¿¿ Así llegaba @MarceloM12 hoy al Liceo Europeo de La Moraleja y confesaba que era su primera vez ejerciendo en un colegio electoral. Tornos, medidas de higiene, reunión con los convocados, y se retira a casa, pendiente por si se le cita a lo largo del día
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— MARCA (@marca) May 4, 2021
According to Spanish outlet La Sexta, Marcelo was assigned to the role of ‘first substitute’ at the polling station, and an elderly lady who was ‘second substitute’ volunteered to take the Brazilian’s role, thereby allowing him to leave.
Marcelo was granted Spanish citizenship in 2011 to circumvent rules regarding non-EU players, which is why he was selected to monitor the local election in the first place.
Madrid had seen a request to relieve Marcelo of electoral duties rejected by authorities, making the intervention of the elderly lady all the more crucial.
Marcelo was released at 8:30 local time, with Madrid due to leave the Spanish capital at 10:30 local time for London.
Marcelo started in last week’s first leg draw in Madrid and is an experienced figure in the team
There had been concerns regarding any potential ‘bubble’ breaches with strict Covid regulations in place, but Marcelo made the 15-minute journey from the polling station in the suburb of Alcobendas to the training ground, allowing him to re-join the bubble before setting off – in line with UEFA rules.
Zinedine Zidane’s squad have since touched down in London, with Madrid’s official Twitter account sharing a video of the team arriving in England.
Marcelo was seen departing the coach dressed in a Hugo Boss suit while wearing a face mask.
The 32-year-old replaced the injured Ferland Mendy for last week’s 1-1 draw in Madrid, although he struggled against Christian Pulisic and N’Golo Kante.
More to follow.