NYON, Switzerland (AP) Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal is facing an additional two-match Champions League ban for deliberately getting a yellow card in a 6-0 win at APOEL.
UEFA said Wednesday it has charged Carvajal with “receiving a yellow card on purpose.”
UEFA’s disciplinary panel will judge the case on Dec. 7. The European soccer body’s disciplinary rules say a player trying to get a yellow or red card should get a two-game ban.
Carvajal was cautioned in the 90th minute in Cyprus on Tuesday for time-wasting at a throw-in.
His third yellow card in three Champions League games earned a one-game ban – at home against Borussia Dortmund on Dec. 6.
Madrid is certain to finish second behind Tottenham, making the final match essentially meaningless.
However, Carvajal now risks being suspended by UEFA for both games in the last 16 instead of beginning the knockout round with a clean disciplinary record.
Madrid has previously been in trouble with UEFA for deliberately triggering cards in a fifth group game in order to serve bans in the sixth and final game.
In the 2010-11 season, UEFA found then-Madrid coach Jose Mourinho guilty of misconduct for ordering two players, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso, to get themselves sent off late in a game at Ajax. Four players, including Ramos and Alonso, were fined over that incident.