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Ramos gets two-match ban from UEFA for deliberate yellow card

Ramos gets two-match ban from UEFA for deliberate yellow card

Sergio Ramos will be banned for an extra Champions League game after UEFA found the Real Madrid captain guilty of deliberately being booked.

Ramos was shown a yellow card for a foul on Ajax striker Kasper Dolberg shortly after Marco Asensio had given Real Madrid an 87th-minute 2-1 lead.

UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body found the defender guilty of receiving a booking on objective during the closing stages of the match in Amsterdam on February 13.

The yellow card was Ramos' third in this season's Champions League, meaning he would have served a one-game suspension in the second leg and be free to play in the quarter-final, which would likely be a tougher test. The implication of the punishment is that he would miss the return leg against Ajax and if Real Madrid advanced to the next stage he would also miss the first leg of the quarterfinals.

"It is not to underestimate the opponent nor to think that the series is over, but in football you have to make tough decisions".

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Speaking after the game, the Real Madrid captain admitted to reporters than he had got himself booked on objective.

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

Meanwhile, UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body also announced fines for both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain following incidents during their last 16, first leg at Old Trafford on February 12.

A case against Chelsea relating to alleged racist behaviour in the Europa League group game against Vidi on December 13 has been closed.