Sergio Ramos has claimed referee Craig Thomson had no need to send him off against Ajax last night, even though both he and Real Madrid team-mate Xabi Alonso seemed to deliberately invite their red cards.
The two players were sent off late in Madrid’s 4-0 win in Amsterdam, and their suspensions will rule them out of the dead rubber against Auxerre next week, while wiping their disciplinary records ahead of the knock-out stages.
The sendings off both looked deliberate, with substitute goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek apparently relaying a message that Alonso and Ramos, having already been booked, should take goal-kicks for Iker Casillas and seek a second yellow so as to get any ban out of the way.
But Ramos was still critical of Thomson.
“The result was secure, and as we were a player down after losing Xabi I was trying to waste a little time to get us through to the finish,” Ramos said in Marca.
“But the referee, knowing the outcome of the game already, could have saved that card.”
Madrid coach Jose Mourinho also claimed to be perturbed by the dismissals, whether he planned them or not.
“The two red cards were the result of strange referee bookings in an easy game to monitor,” he said.
“I didn’t like them one bit, but if Ramos or Alonso can’t face Auxerre others will take their place. We will not give our game against the French away. We want to win all our matches.”