By Williams ‘Bantu’ Irubor
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has been suspended for one game following his red card in their Clasico defeat to Barcelona.
Ramos was shown a red card – the 22nd of his career – for a dangerous two-legged tackle on Lionel Messi in the 77th minute of Barcelona’s 3-2 victory in El Clasico on Sunday.
Referee Hernandez Hernandez did not include in his report Ramos sarcastically applauding after he was sent off, a gesture that was clearly visible by all and shown repeatedly on the replay. He mentioned only that the foul was committed “with excessive force while going for the ball”.
Spain defender Ramos will miss Real Madrid’s away game at Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday.
Barca’s Neymar was banned for three games and missed El Clasico for a similar offence against Malaga on April 8. This has infuriated a lot of Barcelona’s fans who didn’t really expect much because of the seeming power Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez wields in the Spanish La Liga.
The Brazil international was seen sarcastically applauding the officials after he was dismissed. That action was deemed derogatory by the disciplinary and ethics committee and landed him a three match ban, while Sergio Ramos would sit out for just one game for a similar offence.