Sergio Ramos escapes red card after stamp on Raheem Sterling
Sergio Ramos was up to his old tricks during Englands 3-2 win over Spain in Seville on Monday night and he was involved in an incident with Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling in the second half.
The Real Madrid centre-back – who scored the final goal of the night – has a reputation of being the pantomime villain and he was accused of stamping on the England forward in the second half.
With the ball nowhere near, the Spain defender moved over towards Sterling who was on the floor and appeared to leave his right boot in on Sterlings left foot.
Had the 32-year-old been caught in the act, he surely would have received a red card.
Its not the first time hes been accused of the dark arts, with Liverpool fans notoriously unimpressed with him injuring Mohamed Salah during the Champions League final.
While Spain boss Luis Enrique was not asked about the incident, he did believe his side deserved a penalty after Jordan Pickford got caught on the ball before tugging Rodrigo back.
It is very difficult to be a referee and decide in one second, he said.
It was important for England that they didnt see the penalty – that is football.
Everton goalkeeper Pickford saw the lighter side of the incident.
I thought I was a midfielder at one stage but the ball got it stuck under my feet, Spain press high and he was right on me, he said. I thought the only option was to try and clear it or do a Cruyff turn and it just got stuck.
Some might say it was a penalty but the referee didnt and I didnt give up. I cleared it and made a good challenge.
It was a great result, character wise, this has been coming for a while, this is the start of the next hurdle for us.
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