Did Sergio Ramos & Xabi Alonso pick up deliberate bookings v Galatasaray?
We have been here before with Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho, so the latest allegations look easier to prove but whether UEFA take any action seems open to debate.
In the closing stages of Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Galatasaray on Wednesday night, both Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso picked up bookings that rule them out of the second leg in Turkey.
Alonso received his booking for urging referee Svein Moen to book Emmanuel Eboue, and Ramos earned his own yellow card for kicking the ball away.
Last night we pointed out that whilst Jose Mourinho claimed the Ramos and Alonso suspensions were a problem, his body language in a post match interview suggested otherwise.
UEFA regulations state that a player who earns a deliberate booking will be banned for two games – a rule Real Madrid fell foul of in 2010.
Incredibly, it was the same two players – Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso – who picked up deliberate red cards in the final group game in Amsterdam.
The big difference here is that they were yellow cards and not red ones, whilst it turned out, with the aid of video evidence, easy to prove how Jose Mourinho, Jerzy Dudek and Iker Casillas had been involved three years ago, this time it does not look so simple.
Footage of the reasons Ramos & Alonso were booked is below, followed by the 2010 incident in Ajax.