During Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Ajax on Wednesday night, captain Sergio Ramos was captured on camera asking the bench if he should attempt to pick up a yellow card.
A booking for the defender would see him suspended from the second leg, while wiping his disciplinary record clean and he duly picked one up late in the contest.
“Should I look for it?” Ramos was captured saying by ‘Golazo de Gol’ after going to the bench, following Marco Asensio’s 87th minute goal.
The 32-year-old even made a gesture of the card without raising his hand too much.
Naturally, after being given the approval of those on the bench, he picked up a card in the 89th minute.
The player then raised the suspicion around the incident himself after the game when he acknowledged in the mixed zone that he had picked it up intentionally.
“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 acknowledged.
However, he 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.
“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.”
However, he risks being suspended for more than one game if the UEFA delegate takes a cynical viewpoint of his statements or the images issued by Gol.
That report could determine whether or not Ramos plays in the quarter-final first leg, should Madrid qualify.