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Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos insists that Scottish referee Craig Thomson dismissed him needlessly in the 4-0 victory over Ajax on Wednesday evening.
The Spanish international was given his marching orders in injury time for time-wasting, and his colleague Xabi Alonso also saw red moments beforehand, prompting a UEFA investigation into accusations that the players deliberately picked up bans in order to wipe their card record for the knockout stages.
However speaking to the media, Ramos insisted that there was no ulterior motive to his removal, despite Iker Casillas apparently relaying a message from the bench moments before he was sent from the field.
He remarked: “When I spoke to Iker during the game, it had nothing to do with cards. The result for us was comfortable, and because we were down to 10 men after Xabi Alonso’s expulsion, I tried to waste time in order to conclude the match.
“The referee, knowing what would happen when he booked me, could have kept his card.” (Goal.com)
There you have it. Flawless logic from Sergio Ramos.
He admits to time-wasting, which is a yellow card offence, but because he had already been booked, he should not have received a second yellow.
It is quite clear to most people who watched the match what happened, and telling the public otherwise is naive and ultimately a bit insulting.
One can either stand back and quietly applaud a superb piece of gamesmanship from Jose Mourinho, or believe that Real Madrid’s actions are reprehensible in the extreme, but to dress it up as the referee’s fault is just plain ridiculous.
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