Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho has brushed off suggestions that he ordered Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos to get themselves sent off in the Champions League clash with Ajax.
Both players were shown second yellow cards for timewasting and will now miss the final group game against Auxerre, before starting the knockout stages with a clean disciplinary slate.
However, Mourinho has rejected claims that he issued orders to his players to earn deliberate cautions.
He commented: "I spoke with many players throughout the game, not only with Ramos and Alonso.
"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.
"The sendings-off came after an easy game where the referee has shown some strange yellows. They are cards that I don't like.
"The red cards we picked up don't matter hugely as we have already qualified ahead of the next game against Auxerre.
"If Ramos and Alonso can't play against Auxerre, then there will be others, but we are not going to gift the game to the French. We want to win them all."