Big blow for Real Madrid
UEFA have given Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos an extended Champions League ban after finding him guilty of deliberately getting booked against Ajax.
The Spanish defender has been incredibly important for Los Blancos in the Champions League for many years but will now miss the next two games.
That will include the second leg of the clash with Ajax and the first leg in the round of 16 should Madrid progress.
This all comes after Ramos was adjudged to have deliberately made a cynical tackle in order to get a yellow card and miss the next Champions League game.
The reason Ramos would gain from this is that he would miss the Ajax second leg, something possibly less important than a crunch last-16 tie in the next round.
However, UEFA have now made sure he will miss both, finding him guilty of a deliberate booking.
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“For clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose”
In a statement quoted by Goal, UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body claimed Ramos was guilty of ‘clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose’.
“The CEDB has decided to suspend the Real Madrid CF player Sergio Ramos for two (2) UEFA competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible for clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose,” read the statement.
“The two-match suspension includes the automatic one-match suspension for the repeated cautions.”
The situation is actually almost identical to the one involving Dani Carvajal in 2017.
The defender was adjudged to have received a yellow card on purpose and missed the first leg of the last-16 as a result.
Now, Real Madrid will have to do without Ramos for the next two games.