Sergio Ramos argues about tough duel with Mohamed Salah
After turning into a big deal for a lot of fans around the world, Real Madrid defender finally replied to claims that he intentionally aimed to injure Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah in the UEFA Champions League final which the Spanish side won 3-1.
Following a challenge between the Real Madrid captain and Salah 29 minutes into the game, the Egyptian star was in tears as he was forced off the pitch as he sustained a shoulder injury that jeopardized his chances of playing in the World Cup.
After days of rumors and speculations it has been confirmed that the Egyptian King will be heading with the rest of the Pharaohs to the World Cup, but there is a huge possibility he might miss the opening game against Uruguay.
Ramos discussed the challenge with sports newspaper AS for the first time since the incident that encouraged early half a million people to sign an online petition calling FIFA to punish the defender.
“Bloody hell, they’ve given this a lot of attention, the Salah thing. I didn’t want to speak because everything is magnified,” he said.
“I see the play well, he grabs my arm first and I fell to the other side, the injury happened to the other arm and they said that I gave him a judo hold.”
“After the goalkeeper said that I dazed him with a clash with me I am only missing Firmino saying that he got a cold because a drop of my sweat,” he joked.
Ramos revealed that he got in touch with the winger to apologize for what happened and Liverpool’s physiotherapist Rubén Pons claimed Salah told him that he holds no bitterness towards the player.
However, Ramos said that he thinks Salah could have carried on and played the match despite the injury.
“I spoke with Salah through messages he was quite good,” he said. “He could have played if he got an injection for the second half, I have done it sometimes but when Ramos does something like this, it sticks a little bit more.”
“I don’t know if it’s because you’re at Madrid for so long and win for so long that people look at it a different way,” he concluded.
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