Premier League: Real Madrid news: Liverpool claim made about Sergio Ramos after Plzen | Football | Sport

Premier League: Real Madrid news: Liverpool claim made about Sergio Ramos after Plzen | Football | Sport

That’s the claim of ESPN FC pundit Craig Burley.

Coming across to tackle, Ramos clattered into Milan Havel with his right elbow during Real Madrid’s 5-0 win in the Czech Republic, leaving the Plzen midfielder’s nose pouring with blood.

Havel had to be substituted off shortly before half time while Ramos was roundly booed by Plzen fans for the rest of the evening.

Ramos escaped punishment with referee Deniz Aytekin missing the coming-together, allowing UEFA to issue potential retrospective punishment for the Madrid skipper.

And Burley thinks this clash, and the one between Ramos and Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius in last season’s Champions League final in Kiev, shows the centre-back knows what he is doing having often been dubbed the master of the dark arts.

The Spain international connected with the head of Karius in the 49th minute of Real’s 3-1 win over Liverpool, in which the shot-stopper later made two critical errors. Liverpool later revealed that Karius played through concussion having undergone tests in Boston later that week.

Ramos also infuriated Liverpool fans for his role in Mohamed Salah’s first-half injury in the same game, the Egyptian suffering a shoulder problem after a tussle.

Burley told ESPN FC after Ramos’ new incident: “He did something similar in the Liverpool game to Karius and it kind of seemed a bit innocuous at the time. 

“But the more you go over it, it’s clearly something that he has a habit of doing. 

“The very fact he wasn’t challenging for an aerial duel as a centre half would do with a striker and the fact he’s coming over to block a guy running through, it’s not a terrible situation and just to throw it [the elbow] in the guy’s face you know – I think it’s a disgrace. 

“Quite frankly, how this guy continues to get away with it, it beggars belief.”

Shaka Hislop also slammed Ramos’ actions, insisting the 32-year-old would have been sent off against Plzen if the referee had have seen it properly.

“He should’ve been gone, without question,” the former goalkeeper added.

“If VAR is in place, you’re not quite sure how anybody sees that and interprets it as anything but violent conduct and a red card. 

“Retrospectively, they may very well take action. 

“In the moment the score was 0-0 I believe and that could have swung the game a different way. 

“It was awful, it was cheap, it is exactly what the game is trying to stamp out.”

Sergio Ramos himself admitted his wrong-doing on Twitter, saying: “Football always teaches you things and tonight I shouldn’t have gone into the challenge like that. Milan, it wasn’t my intention to injure you. Get well soon.”



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