Karanka ‘unsurprised’ by referee

Aitor Karanka commented that Sergio Ramos’ red card did not surprise Real Madrid, for their past experience with the particular official.

Referee Paradas Romeros dismissed Ramos for two yellow cards inside two minutes during Sunday evening’s 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano, for what appeared to be light calls.

Romeros was the referee who also sent of Ramos and Mesut Ozil against Villarreal last year.

“It’s more of the same. We knew what had happened before, we’re not surprised for anything,” reflected assistant Coach Karanka on Ramos’ latest card at full-time.

“It was a shame for the game itself as we had started nicely, against a bold Rayo we were accurate.

“It's worrying because it's happened in many matches and early on, but it's something that's not up to us. It's difficult to understand because each match there are confusing decisions.

Alvaro Morata had opened the scoring very early on, before Ramos added a second. However, Ramos’ red card forced the team to take Morata off early on and replace him with Raul Albiol.

“Everyone asks for homegrown players and Alvaro has had his chance and has taken advantage, but then he was unlucky as we had to make the change.

“When we have used him he has done what has been asked of him and has scored important goals. It is important for progression.

“We know the potential that he has, we hope he will continue to work and take his opportunities.

“Kaka? He is an example and you should always look for those who are at their best.

“Sometimes he does not get called up to games, but when we see things that he can bring to days that are better or worse, he almost always comes. This game he was very confident and hard working.”

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