Sergio Ramos had quite an exciting 12 minutes over the weekend as Real Madrid secured a comfortable 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano.
He scored in the 12th minute before he was booked twice in 60 seconds to be sent off in the 19th minute and he’s reacted by suggesting that referees are too harsh with him and find it easy to send him of.
“It is not normal for me to be sent off within two minutes. I'm not one to come in with hard tackles or to do something evil. It's easy to send off Sergio Ramos - Referees are required to interpret situations. My first card was completely unfair,” Ramos told AS after the match.
Make of that what you will but it does seem a little bit egotistical because he is talking about himself in the third person after all.
Was it poor officiating or is there a little more behind the two yellow cards than meets the eye?
Ramos will now be suspended for games close to the Champions League last 16 second leg against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
He is arguably the most important defender to Real Madrid so is it purely coincidence that he’ll be a little fresher by the time Madrid try and beat United in Manchester?
Bear in mind, this sort of thing has happened before with Ramos as he got himself sent off in a Champions League match against Ajax in November 2010.
This meant he got a suspension out of the way before the club’s last group game against Auxerre that season.
However, the nature of the cards he was shown against Rayo Vallecano are both extremely harsh and it wouldn’t have been a surprise if he wasn’t booked for either.
We’ve put the video of his bookings below for you to look at and consider;
So if that was deliberate, was this? Let us know your thoughts.
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