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Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal given ‘deliberate yellow’ ban


Carvajal was part of the Real Madrid starting XI that beat Juventus in last June’s final

Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal will miss the first leg of the Champions League last 16 after he was found by Uefa to have been deliberately booked.

Carvajal was booked for time-wasting in the last minute of Real’s win over Apoel Nicosia on 21 November where they secured their last-16 spot.

It meant the 25-year-old missed Wednesday’s final group-stage match with Borussia Dortmund.

But Uefa has decided to ban him for a further match.

The last 16 draw takes place on Monday at 11:00 GMT with Manchester United, Manchester City, Paris St-Germain and Liverpool among Real’s potential opponents.

“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 eligible.”

In 2010, Real Madrid were found guilty of provoking suspensions in the Champions League after Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos were sent off in the final stages of a 4-0 win at Ajax to miss a meaningless match against Auxerre.

The pair escaped an extra ban but were fined £16,700 each. Coach Jose Mourinho was banned for one match for orchestrating the dismissals with goalkeeper Iker Casillas and his reserve Jerzy Dudek. Casillas and Dudek were also given fines by Uefa, having been caught on camera passing messages between the manager and Alonso and Ramos.



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