Madrid stars are being investigated for deliberately getting booked against Galatasaray after pulling a similar trick in 2010.
Real Madrid could face punishment from UEFA after Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso appeared to deliberately get booked against Galatsaray in Wednesday night’s Champions League match.
By getting a yellow card both Alonso and Ramos will miss the second-leg of the quarter-final against the Turks, but will have the slate wiped clean for the next round. With the Spanish Champions already 3-0 up in the tie their bookings are seen to be a little dubious.
Both players received their cautions for off-the-ball incidents, when Alonso was carded for dissent and Ramos was punished for kicking the ball away.
However, Jose Mourinho claimed after the tie that their suspensions were a problem rather than an advantage.
The UEFA sanction for deliberately getting booked is a two-match ban, a rule that Madrid know all too well after the same two players received the punishment for pulling a similar stunt in 2010.
With Mourinho’s men holding a 0-4 lead over Ajax, again in the Champions League, Alonso and Ramos this time sought to receive red cards in order to have no bookings on their record for the next round.
Although in that match there was something more of a pantomime feel as Mourinho relayed messages to his players through substitute ‘keeper Jerzy Dudek – as the dramatic video below illustrates.