Sunday 18 November 2018

Sergio Ramos attempts to take moral high ground with thinly-veiled swipe at Raheem Sterling

Spain's Sergio Ramos. Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine
Spain's Sergio Ramos. Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

Ed Malyon

Sergio Ramos has taken a thinly-veiled swipe at England forward Raheem Sterling after being accused of stamping on the Manchester City man during Spain's 3-2 home defeat in Seville on Monday night.

The Real Madrid captain, a globally renowned purveyor of the dark arts, had been accused by England fans of stamping on Sterling in the penalty area as Spain flailed against Gareth Southgate's men at the Benito Villamarin.

Videos of the incident show Sterling rolling on the ground in pain before Ramos even approached him, but the central defender then jogs away, stepping over Sterling.

But Ramos, clearly rattled by the accusations and struggling for form at club and international level, moved to clear his name by posting a video that appears to simply show him stepping over the England goalscorer's leg.

It has been a difficult week for Ramos, who has endured some strong criticism from the Spanish press.

"Ramos seems to be so hellbent on scoring, so much that he lets his defensive responsibilities slip," wrote columnist Alfredo Relano in AS.

"[To be] missing in action for the three goals scored by England to then bag a late consolation goal in the 97th minute is bad business in my book and this is what we witnessed on Monday night in Seville.

"He cannot just abandon his station in the middle of a game as we saw on Monday... he needs to find his focus."

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