Real Madrid turn their focus towards the Champions League

Sergio Ramos

Cheats never prosper - as Sergio Ramos has found to his cost after being handed a two-game ban by UEFA "for clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose" during Real Madrid's Champions League tie at Ajax. Los Blancos came away with a, perhaps fortunate, 1-2 victory but Ramos admitted that it was a planned move to ensure he started the quarter-final without any accumulated yellows.

He provoked a 90th-minute yellow card - his third of the competition - after Madrid took a 2-1 lead in the first leg in Amsterdam two weeks ago.

"The CEDB has chose to suspend the Real Madrid CF player Sergio Ramos for two UEFA competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible for clearly receiving a yellow card on goal", read a UEFA statement. "Ramos will be suspended for two games for picking up a yellow card on objective", was UEFA's explanation.

Charges against Real Madrid CF; Setting off of fireworks - Art. 16 (2) DR, Receiving a yellow card on objective (player Sergio Ramos) - Art. 15 DR.

Ramos spoke about the booking in a post-match interviews saying he would "be lying if I said I didn't force [the booking]". "By the way, a match in which I did not play".

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

Uefa's ruling means Ramos will be suspended from the second leg against Ajax next week at the Santiago Bernabeu and banned from playing in the first leg of a quarter-final tie should the European champions progress to the last eight.

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