Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos raised suspicions after handing a shirt along with a personalised message to the referee before last weekend's dramatic El Clasico match against Barcelona.
Certainly, the first thought which would come to mind in such a case is one trying to buy a referee. That wasn't the case however, and Ramos' sending off after getting one in on Lionel Messi did a bit to prove that.
The defender was shown a straight red for his lunge on the Argentinian striker, who ultimately won the match for Barca at the death with a sublime finish. Yet Ramos' apparent gift to the referee, Hernandez Hernandez, almost stole the headlines.
As it turns out, the shirt wasn't even meant for the official himself. According to La Vanguardia , it was actually for the owner of the Hotel Sans Beach hotel in Lanzarote, Juan Carlos Albuixech .
Ramos knew that the referee was from the island, and took advantage of the situation. Hernandez was simply playing messenger.