Two players from French club Lyon, knowing their club was assured passage into the knockout stage of the Champions League with one group game left,
intentionally got yellow cards in Lyon's penultimate group game so they'd serve their accumulated yellow-card suspension in a meaningless game and enter the round of 16 with clean slates. The
scheme, despite yielding fines, achieved what they wanted.
UEFA fined Cris
$19,790 and $13,190, respectively, for committing fouls with the intent to get
cautioned. The Brazilians each about more than $5 million a season. And they got their disciplinary record wiped clean.