Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has been given a two-match ban by UEFA for earning a deliberate yellow card on going Champions League last-16 first-leg win at Ajax.
Ramos picked up a late yellow card for a reckless foul on Ajax forward Kasper Dolberg in the 89th minute of the tie in Amsterdam in the last-16 first-leg win over Ajax has now picked up a suspension for a possible quarter-final first-leg tie that he had sought to avoid.
UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) have now adjudged that Ramos had deliberately got himself booked and have issued an additional ban, meaning he will miss the first leg of the quarter-final should Real progress.
Speaking after the match, Ramos had suggested in a television interview that he sought to earn a yellow card,he had got himself booked on purpose. “Looking at the result, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t force the booking,” he said.
“It is not to underestimate the opponent nor to think that the series is over, but in football you have to make tough decisions.”
The Real Madrid captain posting on Twitter,’In a game there are many tensions, many feelings and emotions and we have to make decisions in seconds,’ he wrote.
‘I need to clarify that i feel the pain me more than anybody and I haven’t constrained a booking, similarly as I didn’t against Roma in my past match in the Champions League.
‘I will bolster my colleagues from the stands as a fan with the fantasy of being in the quarter-final.’The case will be managed by UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on February 28.