Villarreal fans can breathe a huge sigh of relief, as Santi Cazorla and Nilmar Honorato da Silva escaped potential suspensions for what seemed to be intentional yellow cards at the end of Villarreal's 5-1 victory over Twente in the first leg of the Europa League Quarterfinals. By picking up the cards, they were suspended for the second leg of the match up, but this allowed them a clean slate for the upcoming semifinals against Porto.
According to the UEFA website:
Striker Nilmar and defender Cazorla both received a yellow card during the closing minutes of Villarreal's 5-1 home victory over the Dutch side on 7 April, which left them suspended for the teams' second-leg encounter a week later. The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body today decided to fine each player €20,000 while also handing down a €60,000 fine to Villarreal. An appeal may be lodged against the verdict within three days of the dispatch of the decision.
I am sure the players are not thrilled about the penalties, but I am guessing the club will pick that up for them. €100,000 is not cheap, but I think victory over Porto - for which Nilmar and Santi are vital - would make it well worth the expense.