It seemed pretty obvious that with acts of blatant time-wasting Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos were intentionally trying to their second yellow cards late in the 4-0 win over Ajax Amsterdam.
The victory clinched a spot in the Champions League knockout round for Real with one game to play in the group stage. By getting their second cautions, the duo is suspended for the meaningless game and start the second round with a clean slate.
Neither player protested the red cards and Ramos shook hands with Scottish referee Craig Thomson before leaving the field. Dutch broadcaster NOS showed footage of Madrid coach Jose Mourinho speaking to Alonso on the sideline before he picked up his second yellow.
UEFA said its disciplinary unit will look at the incidents after receiving Thomson's official report. UEFA’s disciplinary code allows for suspensions of more than one match in cases of unsporting conduct.