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Lionel Messi pressured the referee during El Clasico, says Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos

The Real Madrid captain alleges that Messi influenced the referee to officiate the second half in a different manner

Prabhjeet Singh Sethi 7 May 2018, 9:12 PM
Messi scored a goal in the 52nd minute of the match that ended in a 2-2 draw

Messi scored a goal in the 52nd minute of the match that ended in a 2-2 draw Image: AP

An El Clasico draw is never complete without a controversy or two. In last night's La Liga clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid, the necessary formality was done by Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi.

Ramos, the Real Madrid captain, has alleged that Messi pressured the referee, Alejandro Hernandez, during the half-time of the game. Blaming Messi of unfair play, he said, "Messi put him under a bit of pressure in the tunnel, I don’t know if there are cameras, maybe he made him to referee in the second half in a different way."

Then, Ramos took the storm to an altogether different level. Stressing on the fact that sportsmanship is the most important aspect of the game, Ramos said, “He (Messi) said everything to him (Hernandez). This is football, and everything should stay on the pitch.”

 

 

Barcelona players were already miffed by the end of the first half when their defender Sergi Roberto was sent off by the referee for clashing with Real's Marcelo. And, some time before that, Gareth Bale's hard, studs-up tackle on Samuel Umtiti wasn't considered. This is exactly what angered the Barcelona squad and fans, probably finding themselves on the unfair side of the fence.

Down to 10 men, Barcelona scored soon after the second half started, thanks to a goal from Lionel Messi. Some reports suggest that Messi swore at Hernandez in the tunnel. But the entire picture is yet to surface. The match ended in a 2-2 draw.

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