Sergio Ramos accused of deliberate foul to get booked and wipe slate clean for QFs

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SERGIO RAMOS has been accused of deliberately fouling to get booked in order for his record to be wiped clean for Real Madrid’s potential Quarter Final match.

The La Liga giants have one foot in the next stage of the Champions League after their 2-1 away victory against Ajax thanks to a dubious VAR decision.

Sergio Ramos picked up a yellow card in the 89th minute
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Madrid, bidding to win the competition for the fourth successive time, grabbed the win through Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio either side of Hakim Ziyech’s strike.

With one minute left in the match, Ramos picked up a booking that ruled him out of the second leg after a tactical foul on Kasper Dolberg on the half-way line.

The Spanish defender, who is the most booked player in the history of the Champions League, was accused of seeking a booking by BT Sport commentators.

Ramos, who will now sit out the dead rubber second-leg, will then be free to return for Madrid in the quarter-finals with his record wiped.

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Ramos has picked up more cards than any other player in LaLiga, Champions League, and the Spanish national team
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According to UEFA regulations, any player who deliberately seeks a booking can be handed a two-game ban and Madrid have a history in that area as well.

In 2010, both Ramos and Xabi Alonso were found guilty of deliberating seeking a red card against Ajax when they collected second cautions for timewasting.

On that occasion, Ramos even shook hands with the referee before walking off the pitch and he ended up being fined €20,000.

The 32-year-old then came under fire again three years later for the same offence against Galatasaray, after he was booked late on for kicking the ball away.


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