Champions League – Real Madrid Spanish defender faces a two-match ban
Sergio Ramos‘ conduct in the first leg of Real Madrid‘s Champions League tie with Ajax has been called into question, with UEFA officially opening disciplinary proceedings against the Spanish international and charging him.
UEFA believe Ramos intentionally earned a yellow card in the clash with the Dutch giants in order to bring forward his one-match suspension for the return fixture at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
The idea behind doing this, if indeed the former Sevilla defender is guilty, is to prevent him heading into the quarter-final with the threat of suspension still hanging menacingly over his head.
Of course, this all depends on Los Blancos securing their passage to the next round, as they were given a fright by Erik ten Hag‘s charges in the first leg, but common sense dictates that the home match will be an easier task for the defending champions.
European football’s governing body set a precedent for such an act earlier in the season with both Geoffrey Kondogbia and Jesus Corona being handed a two-match suspension after being found guilty of intentionally receiving a caution.
The final decision will be made before Thursday 28 February with an official announcement to come on that date, however all signs point towards Ramos missing two continental matches.
Real Madrid are aware of the situation, and appreciate there is little they can do if Ramos is found guilty, yet they will file an appeal against any punishment in order to delay their captain’s suspension, allowing him to play in the first leg of a potential quarter-final.