Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has admitted that he picked up an intentional reserving in direction of the top of his aspect’s victory over Ajax to make sure availability for the Champions League quarter-finals.
The reigning European champions had been made to sweat in Amsterdam, however ultimately powered by to a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio.
Ajax struck back with Hakim Ziyech’s purpose to maintain a slither of hope going into March’s second leg, whereas in addition they felt aggrieved when Nicolas Tagliafico’s opener was chalked off in controversial circumstances by the VAR.
Ramos, in the meantime, will miss the return match after receiving a yellow card 89 minutes into the game, for a foul he later hinted was dedicated on objective.
“Looking at the result, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t force [the booking],” Ramos stated when requested concerning the offence.
“It is not to underestimate the opponent nor to think that the series is over, but in football you have to make tough decisions.”
It just isn’t the primary time that Ramos has come beneath the microscope for allegedly manipulating UEFA’s suspension laws.
In November 2010, against none aside from Ajax, he and Xabi Alonso had been each despatched off for double bookable offences on the finish of a routine 4-0 victory for the Spaniards.
Each player was referred to as up for time losing, elevating suspicions that then-Madrid coach Jose Mourinho had instructed the pair to hunt deliberate punishment as a way to serve their suspensions in the course of the last group stage match against Auxerre slightly than within the knockout levels.
A subsequent UEFA investigation handed Mourinho a two-match touchline ban for his antics, later diminished to at least one match on attraction, whereas Ramos and Alonso had been each fined.
In 2017 one other Madrid player fell foul of the European governing physique for making an attempt to subvert the principles.
UEFA deemed that Ramos’ team-mate Dani Carvajal had deliberately sought a yellow against APOEL and prolonged his ban to 2 video games, ruling him out of Madrid’s subsequent last-16 first leg.
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