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Sergio Ramos managed to go a whole Madrid derby without picking up a yellow card but Diego Simeone was annoyed and felt he should have been sent off.
Probably one of the surest bets around would be on Ramos to get booked in any game, but certainly one where the tackles fly in like a Clasico or Madrid derby, but on Saturday night against Atletico Madrid he didn't see yellow.
Atleti boss Simeone felt Ramos should have been sent off and was seen talking with referee Gonzalez Gonzalez at half time. According to AS it was because Atleti's coaching staff heard the Real captain insult one of the assistant refs.
The paper claims a source said Ramos called on of the assistants, "La puta que te parió", directly translated as 'the whore that bore you' or 'usually' translated as 'son of a bitch.'
Following the incident, including Simeone's conversation with the referee on the half time whistle, there was apparently a 'mild scuffle' in the tunnel at the break.
The Atleti boss was asked about the Ramos incident after the match and told the press, "What happens on the pitch, stays on the pitch. The assistant referee knows what Ramos said."
What will no doubt annoy club officials is the fact that at the end of last season Diego Costa was shown a red card and given an eight game ban for a similar incident for Atleti.
Costa was sent off in the game against Barcelona after referring to 'defecating' on the referees 'whore mother,' that led to a four game ban with the other four games because of 'light violence' towards the ref, after he grabbed the official following the showing of the red card.
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been banned for eight matches for his comments towards the referee of their match with Barcelona.- Bolarinwa Olajide (@iambolar) April 11, 2019
Four-match ban for grabbing the referee and another four for insulting the referee. #LaLiga pic.twitter.com/TJrtx3sTs2
Following that match in April Simeone said, "I asked the referee at half-time: 'Was what he said so bad?' If it was, then the sending off is the right decision," and he obviously felt that Ramos' interaction was worthy of a similar red card.
On Saturday the derby finished 0-0, leaving Real top of the table by a point to their local rivals and surprise package Granada.
It may have been a different result had Ramos got his marching orders, certainly plenty of gamblers will be annoyed it wasn't at least worthy of a yellow.
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