Ramos: Messi pressured ref

Sergio Ramos claims Lionel Messi ‘put pressure on the referee in the tunnel’ during Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Barcelona in the Clasico.

“It was a good match for us to show that we wanted to beat the champions,” the defender said after the game.

“We had a very good match overall, from the first minute to the last. We got a draw, we would’ve liked to end their unbeaten run, but we prepared for the [Champions League] Final in the right way.

“Not kicking the ball out when Suarez was down? Whenever someone is down and you think it can be serious, you put the ball out out of respect.

“However, knowing his style and the way he is, he was trying to waste time. With all due respect to Barcelona, ​​ I didn’t touch him at all.

“Controversy? For that, there are referees who specialise in it. Messi? He put some pressure on [the ref] in the tunnel.

“I don’t know if the cameras picked it up and I don’t know whether it made [the ref] give them decisions in the second half.

“That’s football and everything has to be left on the pitch. As long as it doesn’t hurt you, you have to maintain that respect.

“Pique-Nacho in the tunnel? As Spaniards, we have a lot of respect for each other. Iniesta? We’ll see the same in China in a few years.”

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