UEFA upholds ban on Real Madrid’s Carvajal after ‘deliberate booking’


UEFA Champions League title holders, Real Madrid, have been dealt a blow ahead of next week’s Champions League last-16 first leg tie with Paris St Germain (PSG).
UEFA said on Tuesday it would uphold the decision to suspend defender Dani Carvajal for deliberately picking up a booking.
Carvajal was shown a yellow card in the 90th minute for time-wasting in the La Liga club’s 6-0 group stage win over APOEL Nicosia in November.
As it was the full-back’s third in that phase of the competition, it ruled him out of their final group game.
In theory, however, it would have meant he was available for the upcoming round of 16 fixtures without the risk of further immediate suspension.
But last December, UEFA announced that their Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body felt the player breached Article 15 of its disciplinary regulations.
It went on to reject the European champions’ appeal against the extended sanction.
“The appeal lodged by Real Madrid CF has been dismissed and the UEFA CEDB’s decision of Dec. 7 is confirmed,” a UEFA statement said.
“Given that Carvajal did not participate in the match between Real Madrid CF and Borussia Dortmund played on December 6, the player still has to sit out one UEFA competition match for which he would be otherwise eligible.”


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