(Reuters) – European soccer’s governing body UEFA has charged Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos with “receiving a yellow card on purpose” in the club’s Champions League tie against Ajax Amsterdam 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 told reporters 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.
(Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Peter Rutherford)