Sergio Ramos created an unwanted piece of La Liga history on Sunday night.
The Real Madrid captain was sent off in added-time of the side's 3-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna. It was the 18th red card of his career in the league, equaling the unwanted record of two other players.
3 - Player with the most red cards in La Liga history:
18 - SERGIO RAMOS
18 - Pablo Alfaro
18 - Xavi Aguado.
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Ramos was given two yellow cards, but was lucky not to be given a straight red card. He appeared to push Fabian Schar on the cheek after the Deportivo player made contact with him. Somehow Sergio Ramos was only given a yellow card, before he was sent off in the final moments of the game.
According to ESPN, Ramos was not unsurprisingly happy with his red card. Instead of blaming himself for getting two yellow card, he placed the blame on outside forces.
Not everybody likes that we are doing well, but we sleep fine every night. There were some controversial moments. It was most important to begin with a win, but when you end up off the pitch after a harsh decision with the second yellow...
It was the 23rd red card of his career, with all of those sending offs coming at Real Madrid. He has never seen red for Spain in over 140 appearances.
While Ramos wouldn't specifically call out Spanish officials, he said they should look more at the English model.
Maybe referees allow more in the Champions League and in internationals. We should look a bit more at the English model, where they let more things go. They also look back more on events afterwards, and are punishing dives now. That is better than what we do here.
It's weird how Ramos has never been sent off for Spain, and all his red cards have come at club level. Does he have a point about referees? Or is it simply down to the fact of playing for ten seasons with Pepe? We may never know.