Jose Mourinho’s cunning plan to get Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos sent-off to avoid carrying yellow cards or suspensions into the knockout rounds of the Champions League was so lacking in subtlety that Uefa have felt compelled to charge Real Madrid over the incident.
Alonso, Ramos, Iker Casillas, Jerzy Dudek and Mourinho himself will all face a disciplinary hearing on 30 November over the farcical second bookable offences which saw Alonso and Ramos dismissed.
Mourinho has denied any wrongdoing. He said: “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.”
Despite the fact that what happened is glaringly obvious, it will be interesting to see how Uefa goes about proving that any offence was committed.
Knowing the footballing authorities they will probably give them all a one-match ban for the dead rubber against Auxerre.