‘I am only missing Firmino saying that he got a cold because of a drop of my sweat’: Sergio Ramos hits back against claims he injured Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Loris Karius in Champions League final victory
Sergio Ramos has hit back against claims he used dirty tricks to help Real Madrid win the Champions League final against Liverpool.
The Spanish defender has faced accusations of purposely injuring Mohamed Salah’s shoulder and concussing goalkeeper Loris Karius as Los Blancos won a third-straight European crown in Kiev last month.
Speaking on the day he joined up with Spain for this summer’s World Cup, Ramos dismissed the accusations and strongly denied any signs of foul play.
Sergio Ramos hit back against claims he used dirty tricks to help Real Madrid beat Liverpool
‘They’ve given this a lot of attention, the Salah thing … I didn’t want to speak because everything is magnified,’ Ramos said, according to AS.
‘I see 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 the goalkeeper (Karius) said that I dazed him with a clash with me I am only missing Firmino saying that he got a cold because of a drop of my sweat.
‘I spoke with Salah through messages he was quite good. He could have played 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’s because you’re at Madrid for so long and win for so long that people look at it a different way.’
Ramos collided with Mohamed Salah and the challenge saw the Egyptian land on his shoulder
German television unearthed footage of Loris Karius being floored by Ramos during open play
Testing in America after the final confirmed Karius sustained a concussion during the game
Karius appeared to be elbowed in the head by Ramos, who had collided with Virgil van Dijk as they challenged for a Madrid corner. Karius was heard on television screaming as he went down.
Massachusetts General said on Monday he had experienced a concussion following a series of medical tests and a scan in America.
The incident with Real Madrid’s Ramos occurred two minutes before the first of his monumental errors. The German keeper first bowled the ball into Karim Benzema’s legs for the opener in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat and then allowed Gareth Bale’s shot from 30 yards to slip through his hands for the third goal.