UEFA looks at Madrid pair's 'deliberate' red cards

Published Nov. 24, 2010 11:10 a.m. EST

UEFA was studying the match referee's report on Wednesday before deciding whether to charge Real Madrid players Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos for appearing to get intentional red cards in a Champions League match against Ajax.

Alonso and Ramos both collected second cautions for timewasting late in Real's 4-0 win at the Amsterdam Arena on Tuesday.

Neither player protested the red cards and Ramos even shook hands with Scottish referee Craig Thomson before walking off the pitch.

They will serve one-match suspensions in a meaningless final group match against Auxerre next month, then could start the knockout rounds in February with a clean disciplinary slate. Madrid is assured of winning Group G and advancing with second-place AC Milan.


UEFA said its disciplinary unit will look at the incidents after receiving Thomson's official report.

Dutch broadcaster NOS showed footage of Madrid coach Jose Mourinho speaking to Alonso on the sideline before he picked up his second yellow.

Mourinho also spoke on the bench with reserve goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek who seemed to then pass on a message to 'keeper Iker Casillas, before Ramos was sent off.

"If you're honest, this is the ultimate unsportsmanlike conduct," said former PSV goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus, who was working as an analyst for NOS.

In UEFA's disciplinary code, article 10 allows for suspensions of more than one match in cases of unsporting conduct.

After the game, Mourinho dismissed the idea that he had orchestrated the bookings.

"I spoke with many players throughout the game, not only with Ramos and Alonso," Mourinho said. "Stories sell, but the important thing is the 4-0 win and the fantastic game we had. Let's talk about that and not other things."