As one of the masters of the dark arts in the modern game, Sergio Ramos is very much a divisive figure. The impressive Spaniard has won over a century of caps for Spain and is a major part of the Real Madrid machine which has won so much at home and especially in Europe.
However, some of the less palpable acts that he’s carried out include having a history of being deliberately sent off to help game the UEFA suspensions system.
His dismissal against Ajax in the 2-1 win in Amsterdam certainly raised some eyebrows. When Ramos seemingly was quite blasé about the deliberate nature of his sending-off, he was cited by UEFA on the issue. Now, a decision has been made has been made: he’ll miss the second leg of the Ajax game, and the first leg of any potential Quarter Final.
In a short statement, the European governing body announced: “UEFA informs that Real Madrid player Sergio Ramos will be handed a two-match ban for clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose,”
This is going to be quite interesting to see who Madrid wind up drawing, should they go through. The pair of away goals in Amsterdam makes it likely that they will see progress, but with their talismanic defender missing for the first leg of their Quarter Final, they could be in need of a famous return in the second leg – Madrid love to concede (even more) when Ramos is out of the side.
For once, though, it’s interesting to see a major name actually punished for such an act of gamesmanship. It won’t, though, put many off Ramos: this is very much peak behavior for the legendary Spaniard.