MADRID, March 1 ― Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has been hit with a two-game European suspension for "clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose", European soccer body Uefa said in a statement yesterday.
Following an investigation opened by Uefa Ramos was handed an additional one match for obtaining the booking on objective.
Ramos will miss the second-leg match against Ajax, and the first-leg of Real Madrid's quarterfinals match if they move on.
By picking up a suspension at this stage, Ramos reduced the risk of missing a potentially more important match later in the competition, as all bookings are wiped following the quarter-final stage.
As a result of the booking, the 32-year-old was suspended from next Tuesday's second leg.
Ramos told reporters afterwards that he would "be lying if I said I didn't force [the booking]".
Despite those comments UEFA opened an investigation into the incident the following day and have now made a decision to take disciplinary action.
The Spaniard picked up a late yellow card in the last-16 first-leg win over Ajax that ruled him out of the return match at the Bernabeu next week.
News of the additional ban is perhaps not a surprise for Ramos after Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia was given a two-match ban by UEFA for being booked deliberately in a Europa League meeting with Celtic.