By: Ndumiso Nxumalo
Nearly 300,000 people have signed a petition demanding Sergio Ramos is punished for his challenge on Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian international’s season at Anfield ended on a sour note as he was forced off in tears after half-an-hour of Saturday’s Champions League final 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid.
Later in the match, Ramos was also criticised for appearing to elbow goalkeeper Loris Karius, report the Liverpool Echo. Fans the world over are divided on whether the decorated Spanish defender meant to injure Salah or not.
But, with over a quarter of a million signatures by 6 am on Monday, many people have been outraged enough to call for Ramos to be retrospectively punished by UEFA or FIFA.
Salah went over heavily on his shoulder after a tangle of arms with Ramos, who many blamed for the incident and accused him of intentionally looking to injure Salah.
Jurgen Klopp bemoaned the grapple as “like wrestling a little bit” and called it “a harsh challenge”. The foul looked to be deliberate as Ramos looked to be more than pleased when he saw Salah walk to the dressing room.
More like his former Real Madrid’s teammate, Pepe from Portugal, Ramos is famous for making rough and hard tattle towards the opponents which many football expects has slammed and blamed the defender for his action. You can recall that Ramos also was involved in a controversy in the 2017 Uefa Champions League Final against Juventus of Italy when he faked a foul which resulted in a red card for Cuadrado.