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Sergio Ramos has been handed a two-game ban by UEFA for deliberately getting himself a yellow card in the Champions League round of 16 first leg clash with Ajax.
Mere minutes after Marco Asensio put Real 2-1 up in the 87th minute, the Real Madrid skipper clattered Kasper Dolberg very blatantly and got himself in the book for the 38th time in the Champions League - and the 201st time in his Los Blancos career.
Sergio Ramos suspended for two UEFA matches for 'clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose' v Ajax. The two-match suspension includes the automatic one-match suspension for the repeated cautions. More on @SkySportsNews
- Paul Gilmour (@skysportspaulg) February 28, 2019
Official ' Sergio Ramos has been handed a two match ban in the Champions League for allegedly forcing a yellow card against Ajax.
- Real Madrid Info (@RMadridInfo) February 28, 2019
Ramos was one yellow card away from a European suspension and Martin Keown, on co-commentary for BT Sport, noted that it looked deliberate from the Spaniard, who was clearly thinking about having his yellow cards wiped for the quarter final stage should Real get there.
'87: Asensio puts Real ahead
'89: Sergio Ramos yellow, will miss second leg
"That is very obvious that he was looking to get booked there."
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- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 13, 2019
But having later admitted to getting the booking on purpose 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.
:rotating_light::rotating_light::rotating_light:¡¡OJO!! ¿HA FORZADO LA TARJETA @SergioRamos?
"Sí, la verdad que viendo el resultado... Es algo que tenía presente. No es subestimar al rival pero a veces toca tomar decisiones y lo he decidido así".
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- El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) February 13, 2019
It means not only will he sit out the last 16 second leg meeting with Ajax at the Bernabeu on 5 March as scheduled, he will be unavailable to play in the quarter final first leg if holders Real progress as expected.
Ramos has done similar before, with both he and Xabi Alonso memorably forcing yellows in a 4-0 Champions League win that incidentally came against Ajax in the 2010/11 season.
On that occasion, there was only a fine rather than an extra suspension enforced.
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