Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand have condemned Aaron Ramsey’s play-acting against PSG on Wednesday night.
Gerrard claimed Ramsey should be “embarrassed” by his behaviour during the confrontation with Edinson Cavani during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw, while Ferdinand claimed he “over-reacted”.
The pair were involved in an incident on the stroke of half time as Ramsey tried to retrieve the ball from Cavani with the Uruguayan attempting to delay the taking of Arsenal’s penalty.
As Ramsey slapped the ball out of the striker’s hand, Cavani threw his had into the chest of the Wales star, which prompted a reaction as if he had been hit on the chin.
The 25-year-old gesticulated to the referee as he held his face but Cavani, who also went head-to-head with Olivier Giroud in the tunnel at half time, escaped any punishment.
“I think he should be a little embarrassed by that. I thought the Welsh are meant to be tough,” Gerrard said on BT Sport.
While Ferdinand echoed those thoughts saying: “I think there was a bit of over-reacting from Ramsey. I think if he was a foreign player we’d be going mad.”
Ramsey insisted afterwards it was nothing.
‘Those things happen on the pitch, but it’s fine – we shook hands at the end and it’s nothing,” said Ramsey.
“I think so (he hit me), but these things happen in the heat of the moment. I’ve got no issues with it.”
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Referee Felix Brych did not spot the altercation at The Emirates and afterwards he refused to commit himself on whether Cavani should have been red carded.
“No, that’s up to the referee to decide,” he added.