Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos has revealed that he spoke to Gerard Pique about the Barcelona defender's attempt to put pressure on referees after being sent off for a two-footed challenge on Lionel Messi in Sundays' El Clasico.
Zinedine Zidane's side were handed an almighty task with just over 10 minutes to go as Ramos stupidly got himself sent off, eventually resulting in Lionel Messi scoring a emphatic winner with the last kick of the game.
Ramos was seen gesturing and speaking to Gerard Pique after being sent off, seemingly digging out the Catalan defender over his desire to talk about and sway the decision of referees.
"I did not applaud the referee when I walked off. I was talking to Pique, not to the referee," he said, per the Daily Mail .
"Referees can be right and sometimes they are wrong. This one was decisive. But I was chatting to Pique, not the referee.
"They (Barcelona) have a different understanding of the game and always talk about referees. But we will not talk about referees, that is not our style.
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"Pique always talks about referees. Maybe it is better to talk about the referee sometimes than to keep quiet, but I will not start any controversy.
"I have no problem with Pique, but he might not get a hug after a Clasico like this."
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Pique was far more matter of fact than his opposite number, insisting that Ramos deserved a red-card and that the Madrid skipper would agree once he sees the incident again.
"I am convinced he will realise it was a clear red card once he gets home and sees it again," Pique said. "He went into the tackle with both feet forward when Messi got away.
"It was all very clear, he goes in there with his studs up and does not get the ball. There is no discussion about it."