Sergio Ramos Thinks Mohamed Salah Could Have Played On In The Champions League Final
Sergio Ramos believes Mohamed Salah could have played on in the Champions League final after their altercation in the first half in Kiev.
With their arms linked as the pair tussled for the ball, both fell to the ground and Salah landed nastily on his shoulder - the painful injury forcing him off in tears and casting doubt on his World Cup doubts.
Ramos has become public enemy number one for Liverpool fans as a result, with a petition to get him banned reaching over 500,000 signatures and an Egyptian lawyer launching a £874 million lawsuit.
The Real skipper wished Salah well on social media but changed his tune just a tad in a fresh interview, saying that the Egyptian grabbed him first and that he could have played on with an injection.
El fútbol te enseña la cara más dulce a veces y la más amarga otras. Ante todo somos compañeros. Pronta recuperación, Salah. El futuro te espera.''Sometimes football shows you it's good side and other times the bad. Above all, we are fellow pros. #GetWellSoon @MoSalah- Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) May 27, 2018
"Bloody hell, they have given this Salah thing a lot of attention," he told AS.
"I didn't want to speak because everything is magnified. I see the play well, he grabs my arm first and I fell to the other side, the injury happened to the other arm and they said that I gave him a judo hold. After that the goalkeeper said I dazed him with a clash.
"I spoke with Salah through messages, he was quite good. He could have played if he got an injection for the second half, I have done it sometimes but when Ramos does something like this, it sticks a little bit more."
The Spain international's comments will lessen his popularity with Liverpool supporters even further, and Egypt's coach Hector Cuper has hit back at the former Sevilla man.
"I'm not a doctor, I don't know if Ramos is a doctor, but it's a player who is playing a final and has an injury, I've no doubt he would keep playing if it was possible.," he told ESPN.
"This is a Champions League final, something extraordinary that does not come around again in your life.
"My opinion is that Salah has an important injury and is now recovering, we are optimistic that he can play at the World Cup. Many things are said, but the reality is what the doctors confirm."
44-goal hero Salah has started rehabbing his shoulder in preparation to make the World Cup. He has been included in Egypt's first World Cup squad for 28 years regardless and faces a race against time to make the opening group game against Uruguay on 15 June.