Sergio Ramos defends Champions League final challenge on Salah
Real Madrid and Spain defender felt as though Liverpool forward could have continued with an injection
June 6th, 2018
Sergio Ramos is preparing for the 2018 World Cup and a potential tilt at the trophy with Spain, with the central defender having recently lifted the Champions League trophy with Real Madrid.
There were moments of controversy during the final against Liverpool, with Ramos tangling with Mohamed Salah during the first half and it subsequently saw the Egyptian leave the field with a shoulder injury.
There has been a lot of anger towards Ramos with regard to the challenge despite it not being adjudged as a foul, with the Spaniard putting forward a case for the defence when speaking to Spanish newspaper AS.
“I am only missing Roberto Firmino saying he got a cold because a drop of my sweat landed on him,” he told Spanish newspaper AS.
“Bloody hell, they have given this Salah thing a lot of attention. I didn’t want to speak because everything is magnified. I remember the play well: he grabs my arm first and I fell to the other side, the injury happened to the other arm and they said that I gave him a judo hold. After that the goalkeeper said I dazed him with a clash.”
Ramos added: “I spoke with Salah through messages. He was quite good. He could have played on if he got an injection for the second half, I have done it sometimes but when Ramos does something like this, it sticks a little bit more.
“I don’t know if it is because you are at Madrid for so long and win for so long that people look at it a different way.”