Madrid to appeal Ramos red

Real Madrid will appeal the red card shown to defender Sergio Ramos in Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at home to Barcelona, say reports.

AS state Los Blancos will lodge an appeal against the straight red card shown by referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez after lunging at Lionel Messi, who jumped out of the way to avoid serious contact.

Hernandez’s post-match report said the defender used "excessive force" while "knocking over his opponent" with AS reporting Madrid do not feel this accurately reflect the incident and are hopeful that no further punishment of a suspension will be served.

Madrid have suffered injuries to their central defenders recently with Pepe currently ruled out and Raphael Varane recovering from a hamstring injury – although he could be back in the squad to face Deportivo La Coruna on Wendesday – leaving Nacho Fernandez as their only fit centre half.

Ramos has claimed that his angry words after being shown the red card on Sunday were aimed at Barca defender Gerard Pique and at no time did he say anything untoward to the referee.

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