Sergio Ramos given two-game European ban for deliberate booking

Arnold Nichols
March 3, 2019

MADRID, March 1 ― Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has been hit with a two-game European suspension for "clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose", European soccer body Uefa said in a statement yesterday.

But having later admitted to getting the booking on objective and there being video footage of him asking the bench if he should get a caution, UEFA have found him guilty of "forcing a yellow card" and subsequently acted by banning him for the next two games.

Sergio Ramos won't be available for Real Madrid's first leg in the Champions League quarterfinals - provided they get there.

In a television interview after the game, Ramos said: "Looking at the result I would be lying if I said it wasn't intentional".

Speaking directly after the final whistle, Ramos was asked about the challenge and said, "there are times in football when you have to take complicated decisions and that is what I did".

UEFA has issued a two-match suspension to Sergio Ramos after finding him guilty of getting booked deliberately against Ajax.

"I want to make it clear that it hurts more than anyone, I have not forced the card, as I did not against Roma in my previous Champions League match", the defender wrote on Twitter. He'll miss the return leg, which he was going to miss anyway, and the first leg of the quarter-finals if Real Madrid advance.

News of the additional ban is perhaps not a surprise for Ramos after Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia was given a two-match ban by UEFA for being booked deliberately in a Europa League meeting with Celtic.

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