The moment Sergio Ramos asks Real Madrid bench if he should get booked just before clattering Ajax’s Kasper Dolberg… and now skipper is set to miss Champions League quarter-final
- Sergio Ramos has been caught on camera asking if he should pick up a yellow
- Real Madrid captain asked team-mates and the bench: ‘Should I look for it?’
- Just minutes later he then clattered into Ajax striker Kasper Dolberg
- He was just one booking away from a one-match suspension in the competition
- Ramos faces ban for Champions League quarter-final he thought he’d avoided
‘Should I look for it?’ Ramos asked the bench, following Marco Asensio’s 87th minute goal, that gave the European champions a 2-1 win over Ajax.
He then proceeded to clatter into Kasper Dolberg, picking up the caution that has ruled him out of next month’s return leg at the Bernabeu.
Sergio Ramos has been captured on camera asking if he should pick up a yellow card
The Real Madrid captain has admitted to intentionally picking up a booking against Ajax
The 32-year-old has been caught by Golazo de Gol making a subtle card gesture during his interaction with the bench.
The footage raises the prospect of a further suspension for Ramos, who admitted after the game he had intentionally picked up the booking.
‘Seeing the result, I’d be lying if I said no, it is something that was present in my mind and that I was thinking about,’ he said.
On Thursday European football’s governing body launched an investigation into his comments, but his fate will not be decided until the end of this month.
Ramos picked up a yellow card that suspends him for next month’s second leg
But he has been caught on video asking team-mates and the bench, ‘Should I look for it?’
The second leg takes place on March 5 in the Spanish capital.
UEFA can impose extra punishment on players who seek to control the timing of a one-game ban for accumulation of yellow cards to ensure it is served in a less important game.
Ramos later attempted to rectify his stance and clarify what he meant via Twitter.
‘In a game there are many tensions, many feelings and emotions and we have to make decisions in seconds,’ he wrote.
‘The best thing about today is the result and the worst is not being in the line-up with my teammates for the second leg.
The Madrid skipper kicked out at Kasper Dolberg during his side’s Champions League win
Ramos was attempting to serve a ban that would free him up for a potential quarter-final
Ramos could now also pick up the quarter-final suspension that he was seeking to avoid
‘I want to make it clear that it hurts me more than anyone and I haven’t forced a booking, just as I did not against Roma in my previous game in the Champions League.
‘I will support my teammates from the stands as a fan with the dream of being in the quarter-final.’
UEFA introduced the disciplinary rule after previous incidents involving Madrid players, including Ramos, and used it to suspend Dani Carvajal for both legs of the round of 16 last season.