Sergio Ramos has been given a two-game ban by Uefa “for clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose” during Real Madrid’s Champions League tie at Ajax.
Ramos fouled Kasper Dolberg in the 89th minute with Real 2-1 up, meaning he is suspended for the last-16 second leg.
The Spain defender, 32, told reporters afterwards he would “be lying if I said I didn’t force [the booking]”.
Uefa opened an investigation and gave him an additional one-match ban for obtaining a booking deliberately.
By picking up a suspension at this stage, Ramos reduced the risk of missing a potentially more important match later in the competition, as all bookings are wiped following the quarter-final stage.
If Real progress to the last eight, Ramos would be unavailable for the first leg of that tie.