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Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos charged with getting booked deliberately

Ramos fouled Kasper Dolberg in the 89th minute of the last-16, as a result, UEFA decided to investigate the incident after Ramos told reporters he would "be lying if I said I didn't force (the booking)."

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos charged with getting booked deliberately
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European soccer's governing body UEFA has charged Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos with 'receiving a yellow card on purpose' in the club's Champions League tie against Ajax Amsterdam earlier this month.

Ramos fouled Kasper Dolberg in the 89th minute of the last-16, first leg tie in the Netherlands, which the defending champions won 2-1. As a result, the 32-year-old is suspended from next Wednesday's second leg. 

UEFA decided to investigate the incident after Ramos told reporters he would "be lying if I said I didn't force (the booking)."

Although Ramos later said, "I was referring to forcing the foul, a foul that was inevitable. Not to forcing the booking."

"That's why I said that I would lie if I said I did not know that I was carrying a penalty, just as I knew that I had no other choice than to make a mistake. And that's what I meant when I said that in football you have to make complicated decisions," he added.

Missing the home tie against the Dutch side would reduce Ramos' chances of possibly missing a more important match later in the competition, as all bookings are wiped following the quarter-final stage.

However, if a player is found to have obtained a booking deliberately, he can be banned for two games. When asked if he knew the foul could lead to a yellow card and a ban, Ramos said, "Yes, but I had no choice."

Ramos' team-mate Dani Carvajal was punished by UEFA last season for intentionally getting booked in a group stage game at APOEL Nicosia. 

The full-back was suspended for their final group game against Borussia Dortmund and their last-16, first leg tie against Paris St Germain. Ramos' case will be heard on Thursday.