As you might expect, the Spanish defender made inappropriate comments during the draw between Reims and PSG on Saturday, at Auguste-Delaune.
Sergio Ramos saw red on Saturday. All but a first for the rough 36-year-old Spanish defender, already expelled from Lorient in December 2021, after receiving two yellow cards in five minutes. Saturday, during the draw between PSG and Reims (0-0) at the Auguste-Delaune stadium, he first took a warning at the end of the first period of this generally tense match. The world champion and double European champion had come to contest a fault attributed to Marco Verratti with a little too much vehemence. After being replaced, it was a direct red that Pierre Gaillouste attributed to the former Real star, in the 41st minute of this match on the 10th day of Ligue 1. It remains to be seen what caused this reaction from the referee. Those who imagined inappropriate words were right.
It was Christophe Galtier who confirmed it. “I experienced that three, three and a half years ago, with a foreign player who released a word that we unfortunately release in training. I know Sergio Ramos very well. I am not convinced that the insult was directed at the referee. It’s a training insult, which we hear all the time on a pitch, which we hear a lot in Spain“, first explained the Parisian coach of 56 years, in front of the cameras of Canal+.
I’m sure Sergio didn’t mean to insult the referee.
He did the after-sales service at a press conference, not failing to scratch the referee in passing. “It is a problem, not cultural, but of football language. I’m sure Sergio didn’t mean to insult the referee, he just used an expression that I hear hundreds of times throughout the week on the pitch, in the league, when you’re angry you have words which are not addressed to a person, it is an expression. I think the referee may have lacked judgment and taken that word for himself. I had already had the same problem with José Fonte on Nîmes-Lille (the Portuguese defender had been expelled in December 2018, editor’s note). The referee took it as an insult to him when it was an expression that is often said on the field“, pleads “Galette”.
Note that PSG received six cards in this match, five yellow and one red. Three warnings for the Rémois. Mr. Gaillouste therefore had a heavy hand and often seemed overwhelmed, even if it should be noted that this meeting was marked by great nervousness, on both sides, especially on the part of the Parisians. Mr. Gaillouste, it was he who had brandished four red cards during a recent Metz-Guingamp (3-6) in Ligue 2. On his “winners” since the start of the season, in six L1 and L2 matches, 26 yellows and six reds.
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“So there was a lot of nervousness for the three parties, the teams and the refereeing body, which led to this kind of game, I can’t explain it“, said Galtier again, regretting that some of his players will “missing matches on stupid suspensions, because we took stupid cards.“Ramos, for whom it was the 28th career expulsion, 26 with Real and two in Paris, will miss the next L1 match, and it’s not just any game: against OM next Sunday (8:45 p.m. ). Knowing that Nuno Mendes is certain forfeit and that Presnel Kimpembe has not yet resumed, Galtier risks tearing his hair out before composing his defensive line for the Classic …
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