Real Madrid and head coach Jose Mourinho could face UEFA sanctions after European football's governing body decided to open a disciplinary case relating to their Champions league clash with Ajax.
Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos were sent off for timewasting late on in Real's 4-0 victory in the Netherlands, with a number of reports suggesting that Mourinho had told his players to do so, so that they can start the knockout stages with a clean disciplinary record.
A statement from UEFA read: "UEFA has confirmed that a disciplinary case has been opened against Real Madrid for the improper conduct of coach Jose Mourinho and players Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas and Jerzy Dudek during the Champions League match against Ajax on Tuesday."
The Portuguese had said after the game in Amsterdam: "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."