Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal has been charged by UEFA for getting booked on purpose during their 6-0 win at Apoel Nicosia in Champions League Group H on Tuesday to wipe his disciplinary slate clean for the knockout stage.
The right-back was shown a yellow card in the 90th minute for time wasting when taking a throw-in, his third booking of the group stage which means he is banned for the final group game at home to Borussia Dortmund on Dec. 6.
The yellow card meant holders Madrid, already guaranteed to finish second behind Tottenham Hotspur and progress to the last 16, would have Carvajal available for the knockout rounds of the competition without any yellow cards hanging over him.
UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary body will deal with the case on Dec. 7 and could suspend Spaniard Carvajal for an additional two matches.
Carvajal’s booking, his third of this season’s Champions League, means he would be ruled out of Madrid’s matchday six clash with Borussia Dortmund through suspension, freeing him to return for the knockout rounds.
But should UEFA opt to punish the 25-year-old over the incident, Carvajal could be handed a two-game ban, with Madrid already having guaranteed their qualification from Group H.
In the 2010-11 Champions League, then-Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and the club’s players Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso were charged over alleged deliberate yellow cards.
However, Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique escaped punishment when he was investigated over a yellow card he received in a Champions League game against Arsenal in February 2016.—AFP