UEFA uphold suspension on Carvajal


Full-back will miss first leg of PSG tie for forcing yellow card in APOEL game

Dani Carvajal will not be able to play in the first leg of Real Madrid’s Champions League Round of 16 tie against PSG, after UEFA have upheld the ban the defender was handed for his yellow card in the Group Stage game against APOEL. Carvajal was suspended for two matches by UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body, one for accumulation of cards, for which he missed the meaningless game against Borussia Dortmund, and the second for forcing the last card in order to not to be banned in the next round, which he has been.

Real Madrid appealed against the card, alleging that the player had not had the intention of forcing it. UEFA, however, have taken a dim view of his strategy, hence the two-match suspension. It is not the first time the governing body have punished the Blancos for something similar. Several seasons ago, José Mourinho used Dudek and Casillas to pass a message to Ramos and Xabi Alonso to force yellow cards in a game against Ajax and miss the last game of the group stage but go into the knockout rounds with a clean record. That time, UEFA handed each of them a three-match ban.