UEFA have launched an investigation that could rule Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos out of a potential Champions League quarter-final after he admitted getting booked on objective in Wednesday's 2-1 win at Ajax Amsterdam.
This seemed to have slipped Ramos' mind as he said in the immediate aftermath of the game that he would "be lying if I didn't force (the booking)".
However, luckily for UEFA's disciplinary panel, Ramos has made their job relatively easy by admitting as much in the mixed zone.
When asked about Bale, he added: "I'm very happy with everyone's performance".
Deliberately forcing a booking to bring on a suspension is against UEFA rules and carries a two-game suspension and perhaps Ramos had been warned of that when he tried to retract those words in a later social media post. It was a very risky counter-attack in the 88th minute with the match wide open and the tie as well.
"It is not to underestimate the opponent nor to think that the series is over, but in football you have to make tough decisions".
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Los Blancos secured a first-leg advantage against Ajax through Marco Asensio's goal two minutes before the controversial booking.
Having picked up his 25th career red, Ramos now holds the record for accumulating the most red cards in the history of Europe's top five leagues, according to Sky Sports. "You have to make decisions in seconds".
Chelsea's players looked particularly lost in their 6-0 trashing at Manchester City last Sunday, a game that left Sarri "worried and bemused" and one Cesar Azpilicueta called "one of the worst nights in my career". Maybe they ran into a very good Bournemouth team and a Manchester City team on vast form, so it inflates things.
If he had been booked in the second leg instead, he would have automatically been ruled out of the first leg of the quarters. Nonetheless, it's a unsafe approach as UEFA rules state a player who purposely obtains a booking can be banned for two games.
Both players were also criticised in 2010, when they were booked and sent off in the final five minutes of a group game with Ajax, meaning they missed the next fixture, with Real already assured of progress to the knockout stage.