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‘It’s easy to send off Sergio Ramos,’ says Sergio Ramos after getting booked twice in a minute

Brooks Peck
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Sergio Ramos scored in the 12th minute of Real Madrid's 2-0 win against Rayo Vallecano. He then proceeded to get booked twice in under 60 seconds, getting sent off in the 19th minute. That marked Ramos' club-record 17th red card of his career, one shy of the Spanish league record.

Ramos' first yellow of the match was for a light shove to the chest of Rayo striker Leo (who reacted by hitting the ground and covering his face). His second was for a handball. And even though Real Madrid managed to retain their two-goal lead for the rest of the match despite playing more than 70 minutes with 10 men, Ramos still felt compelled to suggest that referees are using his discipline record against him.

From ESPN:

"I am hurt by the situation," he told AS. "It is not normal for me to be sent off within two minutes. I'm not one to come in with hard tackles or to do something evil. It's easy to send off Sergio Ramos. It's worrying.

"It hurts me to have left my team-mates disadvantaged and to have forced changes. Spanish football deserves the best referees because we have the biggest players.

"Referees are required to interpret situations. My first card was completely unfair. You cannot leave a team with 10 men for that."

After saying this, Ramos was shown yet another red card for talking about himself in the third person.

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