Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos laid into Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez after Sunday’s 2-2 draw in El Clasico.
Real refused to give Barca a guard of honour after the Catalan side sewed up the La Liga title last weekend. Instead the staff from the Nou Camp applauded the players off of the pitch after the 2-2 draw with Gerard Pique explaining all.
Pique grabbed a microphone to explain the situation to the crowd: “As they didn’t want to give us a guard of honour, I ask our staff to do it and we’ll do it like that.”
And the bad blood did not stop there in a match in which the referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez dished out one red card to Sergi Roberto, eight yellow cards, including bookings for Ramos and Suarez.
Ramos afterwards explained why he had failed to put the ball out of play with Suarez apparently down injured.
“When an opponent is down on the floor and you think it’s serious you normally kick the ball out of play. But I know him a little and I know what he’s like,” said Ramos.
“We always respect Barcelona but in that play I thought kicking the ball out was not necessary.”
Suarez, who opened the scoring, had a goal ruled out for offside, while Madrid were denied a late penalty in a thrilling 2-2 draw and afterwards Ramos also pointed towards Messi, who grabbed Barca’s second goal, for trying to influence the referee.
“Messi put him under a bit of pressure in the tunnel, I don’t know if there are cameras, maybe he caused him to referee in the second half in a different way,” said Ramos.
“He said everything to him. This is football and everything should stay on the pitch.”