UEFA have charged Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and four members of his side with improper conduct following allegations he instructed two of his players to get themselves sent off.
Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos were dismissed after earning second yellow cards for time-wasting during Real’s 4-0 Champions League win over Ajax on Tuesday night.
Both players will receive an automatic one-match ban for the final group game against Auxerre rather than carry yellow cards into the last 16.
Alonso and Ramos, along with Mourinho, Iker Casillas and Jerzy Dudek, have been charged for their role in the incidents.
Dudek was seen speaking to Casillas behind the goal during the late stages of the game and he is alleged to have passed on a message from Mourinho that the pair should deliberately get themselves sent off.
A statement from UEFA on Thursday said: “A disciplinary case has been opened against Real Madrid CF for the improper conduct of coach Jose Mourinho and players Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas and Jerzy Dudek during the UEFA Champions League Group G match against AFC Ajax in Amsterdam on Tuesday.”
The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body on Tuesday 30th November.
In addition, a disciplinary case has also been opened against Cluj for the improper conduct of coach Sorin Cartu during the Champions League Group E game at Basel on the same night.
Cartu caused controversy by taking out his frustration on the away side’s dugout, putting his foot through a Perspex divide. He has since been sacked by the Romanian club.