Sevilla demand Ramos punishment

Sevilla have sent an official complaint to the LFP, La Liga’s governing body, for Sergio Ramos to be punished in light of his controversial goal celebration.

Ramos was subjected to abuse throughout Thursday’s Copa del Rey last-16 second leg by fans of his former club, prompting the defender to sarcastically cup his ears after he scored a Panenka penalty.

A statement on the Andalusians’ website reads the following:

“Sevilla FC have decided to formally request the Professional Football League (La Liga) that it reports to the RFEF’s Competition Committee and the state’s Anti-Violence Commission the gestures made by Mr. Sergio Ramos during his celebration of a goal in [Thursday’s] match because it could constitute a violation of the RFEF’s Disciplinary Code.

“At the same time, Sevilla FC want to make it clear that this club condemn the insults that the player received, which cannot be justified or protected in any case, and we reiterate that Sevilla fans should eradicate insults to both clubs and opposing players. It is something that only deteriorates the image of the club and can carry serious sanctions.

“Like every match at their stadium and before the visit of Real Madrid, Sevilla FC want their fans to enjoy the football this Sunday and the unique atmosphere of Sanchez Pizjuan, but always with respect and tolerance towards their opponents.

“Football is a show of passion, but violent or discriminatory attitudes of any kind do not fit, crucially because supporting a team does not mean not respecting opponents. In short, to support is not to insult, nor is to insult to support.

“The club remind their fans that they can show their support and make the stadium a boiler that gives wings to the team against Real Madrid without resorting to insults or offensive actions against their opponents.

“To do so would tarnish the traditional values ​​of the club and this sport as a whole, which have done so much good for society.

“Tolerance and respect among fans are an inherent part of football, as is their support, without excluding one thing from the other.

“In this sense, Sevilla FC want to transmit their unwavering commitment against violence and compliance with the laws that regulate the obligations of sports clubs in preventing and eradicating violence, racism, xenophobia and intolerance from sport.”

The decision comes just a day before the two sides rematch in the League as a win for Madrid would see them move seven points clear at the top, with a game in hand.

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