Yellow provokes? UEFA investigates Ramos
After Real Madrid’s 2-1 win in Amsterdam, the headlines revolved around Sergio Ramos, among others. And not only because the defensive man played his 600th game for the royals. It was about his third yellow card in the Champions League and the resulting suspension. Did the Spaniard deliberately pick it up?
The defending champions are on course, after the 2-1 draw in Amsterdam it looks as if Real will make it to the quarter-finals of the premier league. However, the royals had their hands full with the Dutch. In the first round, they even fell behind until the video assistant intervened to take back Nicolas Tagliafico’s goal. The reason: Dusan Tadic was offside and disabled real keeper Thibaut Courtois – it came to the first revision through the video evidence in the history of the Champions League.
“I’m a big supporter of the video evidence and it makes football fairer gradually,” said Ramos, who played his 600th compulsory game for the Blancos on Wednesday evening, after the match. “Today a goal against us was disallowed, that was important. That’s what the video proof is for.” And that enabled the Madrilenians to take the lead after the break with Karim Benzema’s goal. After Hakim Ziyech’s equaliser, the visitors had the right answer, substitute Marco Asensio restored the final score of 2-1 in the 87th minute.
But that was not the end of the match: Ajax missed the chance to equalise again – and Ramos acted in the 89th minute after a foul to Kasper Dolberg Yellow. It was already his third warning in the current competition, so he is missing in the second leg.
Ramos: “I thought about it”.
The Spaniard has of course been there for a long time and washed with all water. Did he deliberately pick up the lock? “With the result in mind, I would lie if I said I didn’t push it. It’s something I’ve been thinking about,” Ramos is quoted from the Marca. On Real’s website, the whole thing sounds a little different. “I’m upset that I can’t play the return leg because I got a warning at the end of the game,” says the captain.
Whether Ramos did this on purpose or not can’t be said for sure after these two statements. Only one thing is clear: the Spaniard knew very well that the chances of progress were very high when he took the lead 2-1 away. And he is threatened with trouble: UEFA has opened an investigation – so Ramos must fear an additional suspension of two matches in extreme cases.
Second leg on 5 March, previously twice Barcelona
In any case, without him the royals will have to do their homework at the Bernabeu on March 5th and cross the finish line to take the lead against Ajax. “Now they have to pass in front of our fans,” Ramos reports. However, the Blancos’ schedule was very busy before, so the focus is now on other things. After two league games against Girona and Levante, the two Clasicos against Barcelona are on the agenda, first the return leg of the semi-final of the Copa del Rey (first leg 1:1) and then the home leg in the league. Only then will Real focus again on the Netherlands, who caused the defending champions real problems on Wednesday.