Cristiano Ronaldo was caught in a mix-up with some Sevilla players before slotting home Real Madrid’s only goal of the night.
Real Madrid were awarded a penalty in the 65th minute after an on-rushing Dani Carvajal had his legs caught by Sevilla’s shot-stopper, Sergio Rico. The decision seemed a bit controversial at first but the replay showed that the referee made the right call.
Furious, the hosts confronted the officials to protest the decision, claiming there was no contact between their goalkeeper and the Real Madrid full-back. In a sub-plot, Madrid’s penalty taker Cristiano Ronaldo picked up the ball to place it on the ground, only for Vitolo to provoke the forward by kicking and rubbing the spot’s whitewash.
Sevilla players tried to put Cristiano off before he took his penalty by kicking the ball away and messing up the penalty spot.
— TheCRonaldoFan (@TheCRonaldoFan) January 15, 2017
WATCH: A provoked Ronaldo throws the ball at Vitolo in Sevilla-Real Madrid penalty row.
An angry Ronaldo then threw the ball at the backside of the Sevilla striker. Luckily, none of the players involved was booked by the referee. Although Sevilla won the game under dramatic circumstances to halt Los Blancos’ 40-game unbeaten run, they remain unsatisfied as they believe Cristiano Ronaldo should have been sent off.
Although Sevilla won the game under dramatic circumstances to halt Los Blancos’ 40-game unbeaten run, they remain unsatisfied as they believe Cristiano Ronaldo should have been sent off.
How did Ronaldo not even get a yellow card for hiiting Vitolo with the bal
— Sherali Shahier (@SheraliShahier) January 16, 2017
To be fair, a sending-off would have been quite an over-reaction from the ref. The fact is that CR7 only reacted to the provocation by Vitolo.
Adding more salt to their wounds, Ronaldo resorted to some controversial gesticulations after sending goalkeeper Sergio Rico the wrong way. Celebrating his record-equaling penalty kick, he ran towards the Sevilla ultras before displaying his trademark “SIU” jump.
Goal Cristiano Ronaldo against Sevilla (Penalty ’67) HD pic.twitter.com/xT37HeeDuF
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— M•A•J (@UItraSuristic) January 15, 2017
Of course, this earned him boos and abuses from the home crowd. However, the celebratory jibe may have been influenced by last Thursday’s heated Copa del Rey incident involving Sergio Ramos.
A few days ago, Sevilla submitted an official complaint to La Liga’s governing body LFP. In their cry, the Andalusians requested that Real Madrid’s skipper be sanctioned for his ‘cupped-ear’ celebration after he made it 3-2.
Although Sevilla identified that their former defender was subjected to abuse at the San Pizjuan in that Copa del Rey match, the club went ahead with their complaint regardless.
Real Madrid then followed up with a statement on Saturday, affirming their infinite support for their captain.
“Real Madrid expresses its complete support for our and the Spanish national team’s captain, Sergio Ramos, whose conduct is and has always been exemplary throughout his sporting career, to the point where he now represents a benchmark in values for all fans of football and sport in general, the statement read on Madrid’s official website.
“Real Madrid has been uncompromising in applying a zero-tolerance policy towards violence with absolute conviction, acting forcefully to renounce those whose conduct tarnishes the good image that football should project.
“The sport should be a meeting place and common ground, not an environment of insults, hurling objects or any other manifestation of violence.”
In regards to Sunday’s league game involving the penalty controversy, neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Real Madrid have issued a statement. However, the ill feelings between Los Blancos and Jorge Sampaoli’s men are well existent. The hunt for La Liga title promises to be even hotter…
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