Raul backs Cassano punishment
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Raul has thrown his weight behind Real's decision to fine and ban Antonio Cassano.
Real Madrid captain Raul has thrown his weight behind the club's decision to fine and ban striker Antonio Cassano after his outburst at boss Fabio Capello.
The Italian forward was reported to have verbally attacked Capello, who was also his coach at Roma, after being left on the bench as an unused substitute during Real's 3-1 win over Gimnastic de Tarragona.
The 24-year-old was subsequently punished for what the club qualified as 'an act of indiscipline showing a lack of respect to the coach' and Raul feels Cassano has no cause for complaint.
"It's a matter for the club and you have to accept the rules of the internal code of behaviour," he told Marca.
"I think we have to work hard for one another, be humble and work to the same objective and be aware that we are at a great club."
The Real legend also went on to reveal that he held talks with president Ramon Calderon over his very future at the club after the 1-0 reverse to Getafe.
It is understood the 29-year-old was ready to depart the club if informed his future was not certain, but Calderon immediately moved to assure him that he was a vital member of the first-team squad.
"Sometimes things aren't as rosy as they appear," he continued. "You suffer when things aren't going well and you see things going on that you don't like.
"I simply wanted to talk to the president and tell him about my doubts.
"As a result of that conversation my doubts were dispelled because I saw that he still had confidence in me and valued what I was doing."