Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was less than impressed withe the behaviour of some Barcelona players during Sunday night’s Clasico.
In particular, the Spanish international was not happy with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. The latter fell to the floor in apparent pain during the 2-2 draw, but Ramos refused to put the ball out of play so he could receive medical attention.
Speaking after the match, Ramos suggested that Suarez wasn’t as hurt as he was claiming, and thus there was no need to put the ball out of play.
“When an opponent is down on the floor and you think it’s serious you normally kick the ball out of play. But I know him a little and I know what he’s like.
“We always respect Barcelona but in that play I thought kicking the ball out was not necessary.”
The defender also accused Lionel Messi of attempting to influence the referee in the tunnel. Real were denied a late penalty and Ramos feels that Messi’s intervention could have had a hand in that:
“Messi put him under a bit of pressure in the tunnel, I don’t know if there are cameras, maybe he caused him to referee in the second half in a different way.
“He said everything to him. This is football and everything should stay on the pitch.”
A typically ill-tempered Clasico saw Barca reduced to ten men in first half stoppage time with the sending off of Sergi Roberto. Despite losing the lead twice against their fierce rivals, the 2-2 draw at Camp Nou keeps Ernesto Valverde’s side on course for an unbeaten domestic season.