If you're a preacher of football, you know there are two kinds of fans: Real Madrid fans and people who hate Sergio Ramos. Needless to say, the majority of us belong to the latter category. No matter how good a defender Ramos is (probably the best in the world), he has proven time and again to be a total sh*thouse.
From leading Spain to its maiden World Cup to winning three consecutive Champions Leagues, the Real Madrid icon has done it all, but all of that stands for nothing when Ramos shows the not-so-beautiful side of his game.
From his cynical foul on Mo Salah to the infamous antics to stop Lionel Messi, we've seen it all. Often considered as 'The Master Of Dark Arts', Ramos boasts of a trophy cabinet like no other in the world of football, but to have more red cards than trophies, is a bit of a stretch.
This time, the Los Blancos skipper got into headlines after the UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body held him accountable for getting a deliberate yellow card for a foul on Ajax striker Kasper Dolberg, in the 89th minute. This yellow card means Ramos will be suspended from the home leg of the fixture. By picking up a suspension at this stage, Ramos has reduced the risk of missing a potentially more important match later in the competition, as all bookings are wiped following the quarter-final stage.
However, a player who is found to have obtained a booking deliberately can be banned for two games. Ramos, who has been handed a one-game ban, has a hearing on February 28 where he might face the same consequences as Valencia's Geoffrey Kondogbia, who after the same actions was banned for two matches.
There is a strong possibility that the foul Ramos committed was a deliberate one. Considering he wanted to go clean for the latter stage of the competition plus his own admission saying, “be lying if I said I didn't force [the booking].” Ramos later clarified his post-match comments, saying, "I was referring to forcing the foul, a foul that was inevitable. Not to forcing the booking. It was a very dangerous counter-attack in the 88th minute, with an open match and the tie as well."
UEFA will definitely see this as an opportunity to send out a message to other players, thus, safeguarding the ethics of the game. This might finally be the time when Sergio Ramos will not get away with murder.