Uefa have charged Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and four members of his side with improper conduct over allegations he told two of his players to get themselves sent off.
Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos were given their marching orders after earning second yellow cards for time-wasting during Real's 4-0 UEFA Champions League triumph over Ajax on Tuesday night.
Both players will consequently be banned for the final, meaningless, group game against Auxerre rather than carry yellow cards into the last 16.
The pair's actions have led to speculation they purposely sought to be dismissed as to wipe their disciplinary slates clean ahead of the knock-out stages.
Alonso and Ramos, along with Mourinho, Iker Casillas and Jerzy Dudek, have been charged for their role in the incident.
Dudek was seen speaking to Casillas behind the goal during the late stages of the game and he is alleged to have passed on a message from Mourinho that the duo should deliberately get themselves sent off.
A statement from Uefa on Thursday said: "A disciplinary case has been opened against Real Madrid CF for the improper conduct of coach Jose Mourinho and players Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas and Jerzy Dudek during the UEFA Champions League Group G match against AFC Ajax in Amsterdam on Tuesday."
The case will be dealt with by the Uefa Control and Disciplinary Body on Tuesday 30th November.
Real issued a statement on their official website late on Thursday saying: "Real Madrid expresses its surprise at this decision on the understanding that it does not conform with UEFA's disciplinary rules".
In addition, a disciplinary case has also been opened against Cluj for the improper conduct of coach Sorin Cartu during the Champions League Group E game at Basel on the same night.
Cartu caused controversy by taking out his frustration on the away side's dugout, putting his foot through a Perspex divide.