Published: Tue, February 19, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Champions League: Did Sergio Ramos get booked on objective?

Champions League: Did Sergio Ramos get booked on objective?

Should holders Madrid progress to the quarterfinals, Ramos would then have a clean slate for the final stretch of Europe's elite competition, which his side have monopolized since 2016.

"The truth is that, given the result, I'd be lying if I said it wasn't something I had in mind", Ramos said after the game.

"In a game with a lot of tension and feeling and excitement, you have to make a decision in seconds".

In December 2017, Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal received a two-game ban from UEFA after he was adjudged to have deliberately earned a booking.

The 32-year-old has amassed a staggering 146 bookings in 454 LaLiga games, a rate of one card every three matches. In doing so, Ramos must be hoping to avoid a sanction, but it could well be too late. The former banker's confession that he did not understand how his side lost 6-0 at the weekend, following other heavy and damaging defeats, seem unlikely to have instilled faith among the Chelsea hierarchy.

When asked about Bale, he added: "I'm very happy with everyone's performance".

Ramos, captain of the Spanish pro team Real Madrid, committed a hard foul that earned him the yallow card as a penalty in the 88th minute of the match, when his team won winning by two goals to one and minutes before, he was discovered asking the club's managing board of directors to do it. But, after the penny dropped, the defender later said the view he intentionally played for the yellow card "hurt", insisting, "I have not forced the card". "It's not to underestimate the rival, but in football you have to make complicated decisions and I chose to do that".

"If I wanted to force a suspension, I could have done it in the group stage - in the game against Roma, because we were already qualified in first place, and in the last game against CSKA [Moscow] as it was inconsequential".

"I think we played a good match against a team who are very physical, we were scared a bit of set pieces".

In the aftermath of his controversial interview, Ramos also tweeted to reiterate that he hadn't forced the ban on objective.

Yellow card. In the mixed zone, Ramos suggested he picked the card up on goal to miss the second leg through suspension - thus "cleaning" his record for a potential quarterfinal tie.

Should Ramos receive a longer ban?

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