Real Madrid’s Carvalho facing Champions League ban

Real Madrid centre-back Ricardo Carvalho faces an international suspension of between one and three months, including Champions League matches, after walking out of the Portuguese national team’s training camp on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old learned he would not figure in Friday’s Euro 2012 qualifier in Nicosia against Cyprus – which Portugal comfortably won 4-0 – and immediately announced he had retired from international football, saying he had been shown “a lack of respect and felt hurt.” However, Amandio de Carvalho, Vice-President of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF), says he intends to ask UEFA to ban Carvalho from European competition, although he wants to talk to the former Porto and Chelsea man before doing so.

According to UEFA rules, the organisation’s Control and Disciplinary Committee may adopt sanctions imposed by FIFA members (in this case the FPF) at the request of the federation concerned for acts committed within their jurisdiction. Thus, the sanction the Portuguese could ask to be imposed on Carvalho can be extended to all European competitions, meaning it would be a severe blow to Real Madrid boss Jos

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