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Madrid defender Dani Carvajal will be suspended for the Champions
League last 16 first leg after being punished for a deliberate booking.
Carvajal received a yellow card for time-wasting in the final minute
of Real’s win over Apoel Nicosia on November 21, which saw him banned
for Wednesday’s last group stage clash against Borussia Dortmund.
However, UEFA have decided that Carvajal wanted to receive a booking,
so he would be eligible for the knockout stages of the Champions
League, and have handed him an extra one-game ban.
"The Uefa control, ethics and disciplinary body has decided to
suspend the Real Madrid CF player Dani Carvajal for two Uefa competition
matches for which he would be otherwise eligible," said a statement.
"Given that Carvajal did not participate in the match Real Madrid vs
Borussia Dortmund played on 6 December, 2017, the player still has to
serve one Uefa competition match for which he would be otherwise
It’s not the first time that Real have found themselves in trouble for a similar offence.
In 2010, Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos were sent off in the dying
stages of a win against Ajax so they could miss a meaningless encounter
Neither received an extra game ban, but both were fined.