Sergio Ramos banned additional European match for yellow card

Sergio Ramos has been banned for Real Madrid's next two matches in Europe

Sergio Ramos has been banned for Real Madrid's next two matches in Europe

Alas, it was not, as Uefa have punished his cynical attempt at clearing his disciplinary record by banning him for the first leg of the quarter-final, assuming Madrid go through.

Ramos fouled Kasper Dolberg in the 89th minute with Real leading 2-1, meaning he is suspended for the second leg.

The Spain global then suggested in an interview after the match that he had been booked intentionally so as to avoid the risk of a suspension in the quarter-finals, although he later backtracked on those comments.

Ramos had suggested in a television interview that he sought to earn a yellow card in order to incur a one-game ban for the last-16 return match and therefore be clear to play in the last eight, although he later backtracked on those comments.

Ramos will face the additional suspension from the first leg of the quarterfinals if Madrid advances from the round of 16 against Ajax.

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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.

Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia was also given a two-game ban for being booked on objective in his side's 2-0 UEFA Europa League last-32 win at Celtic this month.

The Spain defender, 32, told reporters afterwards he would "be lying if I said I didn't force [the booking]". "And that's what I meant when I said that in football you have to make complicated decisions".

Despite those comments UEFA opened an investigation into the incident the following day and have now made a decision to take disciplinary action.

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