It’s not the first time the Real Madrid defender has committed the same foul (Picture: Getty)Sergio Ramos has been accused of ‘practising’ the arm grapple foul on Mohamed Salah that has put the Liverpool star’s World Cup dream in jeopardy in last year’s Champions League final.
The Egyptian – who scored 44 goals in all competitions this season, second only to Lionel Messi across Europe – was forced off after half-an-hour in Kiev on Saturday after being hauled to the ground by Ramos, injuring his shoulder.
Real quickly grabbed control of the final after Salah went off, eventually winning 3-1 to claim their third straight European title.
The Egyptian FA hope Salah will be back in between 10 days to three weeks (Picture: Getty)Ramos was a menace throughout Saturday’s match, also elbowing Loris Karius just moments before his first error, while he also feigned injury as Real looked to see out the victory.
Some fans – and former players too, such as ex Spurs striker Mido – felt the Spanish defender had deliberately and dangerously locked arms with Ramos, and now they have unearthed footage showing him use the same ‘technique’ before.
A year ago, in Real’s victorious Champions League final against Juventus, Ramos pulled Dani Alves down in virtually identical fashion, locking arms before landing on the Brazilian.
Fortunately for Alves – and unlike Salah – the then Juve defender managed to wrestle free his arm and avoided serious injury, though Ramos was nevertheless booked for his challenge.
Ramos faced off against Alves in last year’s Champions League final (Picture: Getty)Incredibly, even the European Judo Union weighed in on Ramos’ tackle on Salah and confirmed that the Waka-gatame arm lock, when used in unison with a throw, is an illegal move in the sport due to how dangerous it is.
Waki-gatame is a dangerous technique. That’s why it is not allowed in Judo to use for transition to ne-waza. What do you think about this foul yesterday evening in the #UCLFinal between #RMALIV? pic.twitter.com/mHmADyG7LB
— European Judo Union (@europeanjudo) May 27, 2018
Some fans of both Liverpool and Egypt are so annoyed that they set up a petition on change.org to punish Ramos for ‘intentionally’ hurting Salah; as of midday on Monday, it has over 330,000 signatures.
Ramos briefly touched on the controversy in a Twitter message to Salah, wishing him a speedy recovery: ‘Sometimes football shows you its good side and other times the bad. Above all, we are fellow pros. Get well soon Mo Salah.’
@nealcol @SergioRamos @MoSalah @MirrorDarren @LFC @Pharaohs @natespaulse Meaning Ramos had proper practice…. He h… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…— siyabonga___Ras (@siyabon40331590) May 28, 2018
@Tahrirawi @LFC @MoSalah @ChampionsLeague Practice makes perfect. Ramos is a pro now— 지 츄 (@jisoo_1995) May 28, 2018
An MMA fighting analyst dissects Ramos’s “takedown” on Salah. Far too many aspects of it are deliberate for my liking.
Can’t do anything about it now, but just goes to show what kind of a man he is. pic.twitter.com/8r2cBCOWuG
— LFC Podcasting Couch (@PodcastingCouch) May 27, 2018
@meshraw2010 @europeanjudo @LFC @MoSalah @ChampionsLeague That’s great clip showing it’s a technic Ramos practice o… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…— Chee Loon (@loonwhistling) May 27, 2018
Some say it wasn’t a purposeful foul on Sallah. From this angle and from everything I’ve seen. I think Ramos has rehearsed that move. I think he’s practiced exactly how to get the job done on Mo. pic.twitter.com/7b0nKbQ4IU
— Rick Houghton (@Hortini) May 27, 2018
You’re absolutely mad if you think Sergio Ramos didn’t mean to injure Salah, but you’re just as mad if you don’t want a nasty win at all cost shit house like him in your team.
— Josh Woogs (@JoshWoogs) May 28, 2018
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