Sergio Ramos could now be banned from the first leg of the quarter-final after admitting he wanted to receive a booking on purpose during Wednesday’s Champions League clash wih Ajax.
The Real Madrid captain led his side to a 2-1 win victory in the Champions League last-16 clash in Amsterdam on Wednesday night.
Ramos picked up his third booking of the competition for a late foul on striker Kasper Dolberg – earning himself an automatic one-match ban.
That would leave the defender available for the first leg of a likely quarter-final tie, but UEFA could slap him with a two-match suspension for his actions.
When asked about the foul, Ramos said: “I would lie if I told you that I did not force the card.
“It is something I had in mind, it is not to underestimate [Ajax] or think that the tie is already over but I have decided [to be booked] so I can rest in the return, although I will be in the stadium to encourage the team.”Goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio either side of Hakim Ziyech’s strike were enough to hand the visitors a first-leg advantage.
Ajax had a goal disallowed by VAR when Nicolas Tagliafico’s strike was ruled out.