UEFA charges Valencia's Geoffrey Kondogbia for deliberate yellow card against Celtic

Ryan Christie of Celtic battles for possession with Geoffrey Kondogbia
Image: Ryan Christie of Celtic battles for possession with Geoffrey Kondogbia

UEFA has charged Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia with intentionally getting a yellow card in a Europa League game against Celtic.

UEFA announced the case Friday, one day after opening an investigation into Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos for a suspected similar offence.

Players who provoke a yellow card to serve a one-game ban at a favorable time can be suspended for an additional game.

Valencia led 2-0 late in Thursday's round of 32 first leg at Celtic when Kondogbia got a yellow card for time-wasting.

The former France international's third yellow card of the competition triggered a ban for the return match in Spain next week, when Valencia are favoured to advance.

That would clear Kondogbia's disciplinary record for the round of 16.

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UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge the case next Thursday.

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