Rumbled: UEFA To Hit Sergio Ramos With Extended Ban After Real Madrid Captain Picks Up ‘Deliberate’ Yellow Card Against Ajax

Chris Wright

14th, February 2019

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UEFA look set to rumble Sergio Ramos’ little ploy to free himself up for the Champions League quarter-finals after the Real Madrid captain appeared to get himself deliberately booked against Ajax on Wednesday night.

Marco Asensio put Real 2-1 up with just a few minutes to play, shortly after which Ramos – judging the result to be in the bag – went steaming into Kasper Dolberg on the halfway line and duly picked up a yellow card for his troubles.

Speculation was immediate that Ramos had got himself cautioned on purpose to instigate a one-match ban that would keep him out of the second leg at the Bernabeu but clear his slate as and when Los Blancos made it through to the last eight.

As the media continued to deliberate, Ramos tweeted to inform the world that he “did not force the card”.

The only minor bone of contention was that the 32-year-old had already admitted the opposite in a post-match television interview.

“Yes, the truth is that seeing the result, it was something I had in mind. I would be lying if I said I didn’t force [the booking],” Ramos said.

“It’s not about underestimating the opponent, but sometimes it’s about making decisions – and I’ve decided that.”

Anyway, it’s now for UEFA to decide whether or not to exact further punishment on Ramos as, according to their very own disciplinary regulations, players face a two-game suspension “for clearly receiving a yellow or red card on purpose”.

That was the exact same fate that befell Dani Carvajal, Ramos’ teammate at Real, when he was shown a ‘tactical’ yellow card against APOEL in last season’s Champions League group stage which was later deemed to be wholly deliberate.

Will UEFA have the wherewithal to meter out a consistent sanction? Honestly, we’re not overly confident.

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  1. claudiuarez says:

    what about the referee, that cocksucker who took an hour to review ajax’s goal usuing VAR and ruled it out, wrongly, softly, like a big fucking pussy

    is that fucking animal going to be suspended too?

    football is a big shit nowdays

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