Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos could face a two-match Champions League suspension after admitting to deliberately picking up a late booking in Wednesday’s round-of-16 first leg against Ajax.
Moments after Marco Asensio had put Madrid 2-1 ahead in the 87th minute, Ramos clattered Ajax substitute Kasper Dolberg near the centre circle, and was shown a third yellow card in this year’s competition.
That means he will miss the return leg at the Bernabeu on March 5, but has a clean slate for the rest of the competition should Madrid progress.
“With the result, I would be lying if I said I did not force [the yellow card], it was something I had in mind,” Ramos said. “It is not about underestimating the opponent or thinking the tie is already over.
“But, in football, there are difficult decisions to make and I decided to do it.”
UEFA regulations state that any player who “receives a yellow card on purpose” can face a two-game suspension –and Ramos has in the Champions League, against the same opponents.
In the 2010-11 campaign, he and teammate Xabi Alonso received one match bans when they picked up suspicious late cards during a group match at Ajax — with then manager Jose Mourinho handed the same punishment. Meanwhile, DaniCarvajal was banned by UEFA after a similar incident just last season.