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Sergio Ramos invites controversy with his statement after El Clasico

Mayank Pawar

After the El Classico debacle, Sergio Ramos made a controversial comment about the expelled Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.

In line with his nature, Sergio Ramos invited controversy with a contentious remark about the ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont after their humiliating defeat against arch-rivals Barcelona at home.

Ramos was lucky to get away with a yellow card after appearing to intentionally hit Luis Suarez in the head with his arm. This caused a huge debate as everyone was of the opinion that Ramos should’ve been sent off for that ‘tackle’.

Post-match controversy:

In the post-match interview when the Madrid centre-back was enquired about this incident, he took a not so subtle dig at Carles Puigdemont. Puigdemont is viewed as the President of Catalonia by separatists but has since been ousted from Spain and to avoid imprisonment has fled away to Belgium.

When Ramos was questioned about the controversial incident with Suarez he answered cheekily, ” In Barcelona they will say I should go to prison with Puigdemont. I went into the challenge and shrugged [Suarez] off, but I had no intention to hit him.”

Real Madrid have had an amazing 2017 which they capped off with the Club World Cup title last week. After losing the Classico Madrid are now 14 points adrift of Barcelona with a game in hand but Ramos insists it’s not all over in the Liga race.

A defeat in El Clasico, not a failure:

Highlighting the trophies won in 2017, Ramos was defiant that a defeat in the El Classico is not a failure and asked people pointing fingers at Madrid to review the statistics. He added, “The Classico could’ve been the icing on the cake, but it wasn’t to be. We’ve been hit with the double whammy of the result and falling 14 points behind.

Despite the huge point difference, Sergio Ramos refuses to give up on the La Liga and promises to fight until the very last moment. He urged his teammates to fight for the legacy of the club and said “Our history and our badge oblige us to fight until the end. It has become difficult, we must be realistic, but while a possibility remains we will keep fighting – that is our DNA.”

Ramos was indeed very disappointed with the result on Saturday but asserts that one defeat cannot undo the good work of an excellent year.

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