UEFA Charges Sergio Ramos For Deliberately Getting Booked

Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, has been charged by UEFA with “receiving a yellow card on purpose” during his side’s Champions League last-16 first leg with Ajax two weeks ago.

 

Ramos fouled Kasper Dolberg in the 89th minute with Real leading 2-1. It means he is suspended for the second leg.

The European football body opened an investigation into the incident when the defender after the match, told journalists he would “be lying if I said I didn’t force the booking”.

He later clarified his post-match comments, saying: “I was referring to forcing the foul, a foul that was inevitable. Not to forcing the booking.

“It was a very dangerous counter-attack in the 88th minute, with an open match and the tie as well.”

He added: “That’s why I said that I would lie if I said I did not know that I was carrying a penalty, just as I knew that I had no other choice than to make a mistake. And that’s what I meant when I said that in football you have to make complicated decisions.”

By being suspended at this stage of the competition, Ramos reduces the risk of missing a more important match for Madrid, as all bookings will be canceled after the quarter-final before the next.

However, a player who is found guilty of obtaining a booking deliberately can be banned for two games.

When asked if he knew the foul was likely going to lead to a yellow card and a ban, Ramos further said: “Yes, but I had no choice.”

The case will be looked into by UEFA on February 28.

He recently became the player with the most red card in Madrid and La Liga history, having received the 25th marching order of his career.

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