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Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has received only a one-match ban after being sent off for a lunge on Lionel Messi in Sunday’s El Clasico defeat to Barcelona.

Sergio Ramos

Ramos also applauded as he departed the Santiago Bernabeu pitch, with Madrid’s appeal against the dismissal having been rejected by the competition committee of the RFEF, which described the foul on Messi as a “violent act” in its ruling.

This will sound controversial and will increase the war of words between the two teams (especially between Pique and Ramos) as a two-match ban was meted out to Neymar after a somewhat similar incident.

However, Ramos avoided any further ban as the referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez made no mention of his clash with Pique or the Madrid skipper’s applauding on his departure in his report.

Written by Chineze Ogugua

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