Published February 15, 2019
Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos reacts. REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo (NAN)
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 87 th 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 .