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Real Madrid News: Sergio Ramos could be banned for semi-final first leg for what did vs Juventus
- Updated: April 12, 2018
Real Madrid were given the biggest scare of their Champions League season yesterday when Juventus clawed all the way back to erase a 3-0 first leg deficit. The fairy tale come back was, however, not to be as a momentary lapse in concentration cost Juventus dearly at the end.
Mehdi Benatia’s foul on Lucas Vasquez was deemed to be worthy of a penalty by referee Michale Oliver – and rightly so. Off went Gianluigi Buffon (thanks to some over the top protest against the referee) and up stepped Crisitano Ronaldo. The rest as the say is history.
But why did Real Madrid collapse all of a sudden? Many would point the finger at the absence of Sergio Ramos at the heart of their defence. The Real skipper was suspended for the game for picking up a yellow in the first leg and took his place in the stands – watching over as Juventus scripted a comeback for the ages.
Ramos, however, couldn’t stand still in the stands and did a ‘Ronaldo’. We remember the Portuguese screaming his lungs out from the side lines in the final of Euro 2016. Similarly Ramos came down to the dugout during the second half to calm things down at the ground level.
And this could lead to another suspension for the Spaniard for the first leg of the semi-final.
Nobody in the Real hierarchy seemed to have the presence of mind to remind the 32-year-old that this might lead to a breach of UEFA protocols. The rule book states that Ramos needed to stay in the stands and by coming pitch side during the match, he broke UEFA regulations.
Ramos (banned) came down and watched some of the second half from by the tunnel. If the officials report it, he could be given a one game ban and miss the first leg of the semi.
When Madrid get the pen, Allegri goes over to Ramos and screams at him, saying he shouldn't be there
— Rik Sharma (@riksharma_) April 11, 2018
Sergio Ramos might actually be in a lot of trouble if Real Madrid go through to the semis. Under UEFA rules, he's not allowed to be down by the tunnel when he's suspended. Could be a costly mistake.
— EiF (@EiFSoccer) April 11, 2018
Real have found themselves in trouble for having floundered the same rule earlier.
Xabi Alonso, who was suspended for the 2014 Champions League final against Atletico Madrid. He, however, was seen sitting near the dugout during extra time. He was suspended for one game at the beginning of the following season.
If Ramos is indeed suspended for the first leg of the semi-final – it would be a huge boost for whoever the Reds face.