Real Madrid are to appeal against the first of the two yellow cards shown to Sergio Ramos during Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Osasuna.
According to referee Carlos Clos Gómez’s report, the Spain international was booked in the 32nd minute for “bringing down an opponent in a challenge for the ball”, seeing his second yellow after 43 minutes for “striking an opponent with his arm in a reckless manner in a challenge for the ball”.
With television replays showing that Ramos made almost no contact with Osasuna’s Álvaro Cejudo in the incident that led to the first yellow card, Madrid aim to persuade the Spanish Football Federation’s disciplinary panel to rescind the booking. Ramos’ sending off leaves him suspended for Real Madrid’s Liga BBVA encounter against Valencia next Sunday.
With Pepe also ruled out for the match at the Mestalla after picking up his fifth yellow card at El Sadar, Ramos’ absence would leave coach Carlos Ancelotti with a selection dilemma in central defence. He has confirmed that Raphael Varane, who has been troubled by a knee problem since the end of last season, will be unavailable until January.
Ancelotti therefore faces a trip to Valencia with only Nacho of his four first-team central defenders, a player reduced to a bit-part role at Real this season. If Madrid’s appeal over Ramos’ red card is unsuccessful, the Italian would be forced to draft one of his full-backs into the centre of the backline. Álvaro Arbeloa, who played at centre-back in the early stages of his career, would be the favourite to play alongside Nacho.