Sergio Ramos has been charged by UEFA on Tuesday for receiving a yellow card on purpose during their Champions League last-16 tie with Ajax.
The Spaniard was booked for a tackle on Kasper Dolberg in Real’s 2-1 first-leg victory in Amsterdam on February 13, two minutes after Marco Asensio scored the winning goal.
Three yellow cards bring a one-match suspension but Ramos may have seen sitting out the second match against Ajax as preferable to potentially missing a match later in the competition.
UEFA said that Ramos’ case would be dealt with on Thursday.
European football’s governing body set a precedent last season when Real full-back Dani Carvajal was suspended for two games after initially earning a booking in the group stage.
The 32-year-old Ramos said the day after the match that he did not force the card.
But straight after the game, he had appeared to admit that he got himself booked on purpose.
“The truth is that given the result I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t something I had in mind,” Ramos had said.
“It is not to underestimate the opponent but sometimes there is a time to make decisions and I have done so.”
However, having appeared to realise the severity of the act, Ramos made a swift back-track on social media.
“In a game there is always a lot of tension and you have to take decisions in seconds. The best thing about tonight was the result, the worst that I will not be in the second leg due to one moment in the game,” he posted.
“I want to make it clear that this hurts me more than it would hurt anyone, I did not get the yellow card on purpose, just like the last yellow card I got in the competition, and I will be supporting from the stands like any other fan hoping we get into the quarter-finals.”
Real resume their bid for a fourth consecutive Champions League title in the return leg against Ajax at the Santiago Bernabeu on March 5.