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Sergio Ramos: Not everybody likes Real Madrid success

La Liga By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 22/08/2017

Real Madrid Captain Sergio Ramos is not happy with his sending off in the La Liga game against Deportivo La Coruna last week, as he is of the opinion that the recent refereeing decisions are going against them due to their success and achievements.

Ramos was controversially sent off after receiving the second booking following an aerial challenge with Deportivo Player Borja Valle.

Real Madrid coach also signed his unhappiness with the Spanish authorities for handling Cristiano Ronaldo a 5-match ban for shoving the referee in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Camp Nou.

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Ramos passes Xavier Aguado (Real Zaragoza) and Pablo Alfaro (Real Zaragoza, Racing Santander and Sevilla) whom he'd tied at 18 reds with his sending off on December 14th against Osasuna, Ramos said  that it seemed "not everybody likes" that the double Champions League winners were doing so well.

"We can all talk freely," Ramos said. "Not everybody likes that we are doing well, but we sleep fine every night. There were some controversial moments. It was most important to begin with a win, but when you end up off the pitch after a harsh decision with the second yellow..."

Ramos now has 23 red cards in all competitions during his 526 Madrid games, but is yet to be dismissed in 143 Spain caps. However, he does not think Spanish referees target him specifically, although he said officials in England, in particular, do a better job overall.
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"I don't think decisions are made in advance, but sometimes people should pay more attention," he said. "Maybe referees allow more in the Champions League and in internationals. We should look a bit more at the English model, where they let more things go. They also look back more on events afterwards, and are punishing dives now. That is better than what we do here."

The 31-year-old maintained that the second yellow card, given for jumping with an arm raised, which saw Valle drop to the floor holding his face, was particularly harsh.

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"I just watched it back 10 times, and there was no intention to hurt the opponent," Ramos said. "The referee interpreted it like this. You must respect that, [but] I was just supporting myself in the air. I jumped much higher and only made contact with his shoulder."

Ramos said the first booking came when he was protecting himself after Depor had reacted angrily when he did not put the ball out of play to allow an injured player receive attention.

"They all ganged up on me," he said. "Schar hit me with his head in my cheek. I pushed him away. I wasn't trying to hurt him, just get away from him."

Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Real Madrid next game against Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu.
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