Football: Carvajal faces ban for 'deliberate' yellow card

Real's Dani Carvajal (left) vies for the ball against Stathis Aloneftis of Apoel FC.
Real's Dani Carvajal (left) vies for the ball against Stathis Aloneftis of Apoel FC.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

MADRID (AFP) - Dani Carvajal could be banned for the Real Madrid's Champions League last 16 first leg after Uefa opened disciplinary proceedings against the right-back for "receiving a yellow card on purpose" during Tuesday's (Nov 21) 6-0 rout of APOEL Nicosia.

The Spanish international picked up his third booking of the group stage, to trigger an automatic one-match ban, for time wasting in the 90th minute in Cyprus.

However, he will be hit with an extra game ban if found guilty of breaking article 15 of Uefa's disciplinary regulations when his case is heard on Dec 7.

Madrid have already secured their place in the last 16 behind Tottenham Hotspur in Group H with nothing riding on their final group game at home to Borussia Dortmund on Dec 6.

It is not the first time Madrid have been reprimanded by Uefa for provoking suspensions in the Champions League.

In 2010, Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos were charged for getting sent off in the final stages of a 4-0 win at Ajax to miss a meaningless match against Auxerre.

On that occasion the pair escaped an extra ban but were fined €20,000 each and coach Jose Mourinho was handed a two-match suspended ban for orchestrating their dismissals.