Sergio Ramos: Real Madrid captain set for increased ban after Uefa charge for 'deliberate' booking

Uefa decided to investigate the incident after Ramos he would 'be lying if I said I didn't force (the booking)'

Wednesday 27 February 2019 09:09
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UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw

Uefa has charged Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos with "receiving a yellow card on purpose" in the club's Champions League tie against Ajax earlier this month.

Ramos fouled Kasper Dolberg in the 89th minute of the last-16, first leg tie in the Netherlands, which the holders won 2-1. As a result, the 32-year-old is suspended from next Tuesday's second leg.

Uefa decided to investigate the incident after Ramos he would "be lying if I said I didn't force (the booking)".

Although Ramos later said: "I was referring to forcing the foul, a foul that was inevitable. Not to forcing the booking.

"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."

Missing the home tie against the Dutch side would reduce Ramos' chances of possibly missing a more important match later in the competition, as all bookings are wiped following the quarter-final stage.

However, if a player is found to have obtained a booking deliberately, he can be banned for two games.

When asked if he knew the foul could lead to a yellow card and a ban, Ramos said: "Yes, but I had no choice."

Ramos' team mate Dani Carvajal was punished by UEFA last season for intentionally getting booked in a group stage game at APOEL Nicosia.

The full back was suspended for their final group game against Borussia Dortmund and their last-16, first leg tie against Paris St Germain.

Ramos' case will be heard on Thursday.

Reuters

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