Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has denied suggestions that two of his players were deliberately sent off to ensure they will not be suspended for the Champions League knock-out stages.
Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso both picked up second yellow cards for time-wasting in the closing stages of the club’s 4-0 win at Ajax.
That means they will miss the last group G game against Auxerre, but the match is irrelevant as Real have already qualified as winners.
UEFA said on Wednesday that its disciplinary unit are deciding whether Real have a case to answer.
Goals from Karim Benzema and Alvaro Arbeloa put Madrid in control with Ronaldo scoring twice after the break to complete a comfortable win for Mourinho’s side.
But Madrid finished the match with nine men after Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos picked up second yellow cards from Scottish referee Craig Thomson for time-wasting.
Ramos insisted Madrid had not hatched a plan and manager Jose Mourinho, when asked about the red cards, said: “I spoke with many players throughout the game, not only with Ramos and Alonso.
“Stories sell, but the important thing is the 4-0 win and the fantastic game we had. Let’s talk about that and not other things.”