Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos could miss out on the UEFA Champions League semi-final due to his antics from the sidelines at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.
The Spanish international was suspended for his side’s second-leg clash with Juventus having picked up a yellow card in the first leg, and with his side trailing 3-0 and headed for extra-time given that the scores were locked 3-3 on aggregate – the Real captain broke a UEFA rule as he left the stands and went to the side of the pitch for the closing moments of the match.
UEFA Regulation Article 15, Misconduct of Players and Officials, Section (vii), says that players cannot participate in a match for which they are ineligible – and Ramos actions may fall foul of the particular rule given his unwillingness to remain seated away from the Real Madrid bench.
The defender was also involved in an incident with Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri before Cristiano Ronaldo slotted home the decisive goal that sent Madrid into the semi-finals at the Italians’ expense.
This video appears to show the two arguing in the aftermath of the decision, and Allegri moved to clarify what was said between the two in an interview following the game:
“What did I say to Sergio Ramos? He told me that it was a penalty. I replied: “It was a penalty for us in the last minute of the first leg.” He understood but pretended not to. We were just seconds from the end…” – Calcio Mercato
Should referee Michael Oliver include Ramos’ behaviour in his match report today, Ramos could be set to miss the first leg of the semi-final.
UEFA previously banned Xabi Alonso for a similar incident in the 2014 Champions League final when he ran to celebrate a goal with team-mates and given that Gianluigi Buffon accused the referee of having ‘a bin for a heart’ last night – it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see Ramos sit out the next clash in Europe.
Having seen some of Real Madrid’s defending in his absence, Zinedine Zidane’s side will be praying that is not the case.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena