Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos backtracks on deliberate booking comments

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos backtracks on deliberate booking comments

Javier Howell
February 19, 2019

Madrid were leading 2-1 at the time of the yellow card being shown to Ramos, who will miss the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu through suspension as a result.

There is still some confusion as to whether Sergio Ramos intentionally got himself booked against Ajax on Wednesday, although the Real Madrid captain would not be the first player to apparently try such a thing. "It's not to underestimate the rival, but in football you have to make complicated decisions and I chose to do that".

Ramos and former Real midfielder Xabi Alonso were both booked late on in a 3-0 quarter-final first-leg victory over Galatasaray in 2013. He wrote: "I want to make clear that it hurts me more than anyone, I have not forced the card, as I didn't against Roma in my previous game in the Champions League".

"I will support from the stands as a fan more with the hope of playing in quarters".

Ramos' team-mate Dani Carvajal received a two-game ban from Uefa when he was judged to have been booked on goal in the final minute of a 6-0 win over Apoel Nicosia in last season's tournament.

A suspension at this stage greatly reduces the risk of missing a match later in the competition, with all bookings wiped following the quarter-final stage.

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"If you look at Chelsea, the history, particularly in the last couple of years, we've had managers who have come out and been quite vocal towards the players, criticised the players at times", he said.

The hosts thought they had taken a deserved lead when, from a corner, Courtois made a mess of claiming a header and Nicolas Tagliafico nodded in.

Uefa later confirmed why the decision was taken.

At the end of the match in mixed zone the central defender declared he had searched for the foul warning and he later recanted his statements on his own Twitter social network account, so UEFA opened a process of investigation.

However, a lengthy VAR review eventually ruled out the goal with Tadic, marginally offside, standing in front of the Real keeper as the ball looped in.

VAR was initially set to be rolled out in the Champions League from the start of next season, but the decision to bring forward its use follows lobbying from top European clubs.