sports: Petition to ‘punish Sergio Ramos for intentionally hurting’ Liverpool star passes 100,000 signatures
A petition for UEFA and FIFA to ‘punish Sergio Ramos for intentionally hurting Mohamed Salah' has passed 100,000 signatures.
Ramos, the Real Madrid captain, was the subject of much vitriol during Saturday’s Champions League final as a tangle between him and Salah led to the Egyptian being forced off with injury after just half an hour.
Ramos trapped Salah’s arm while the pair chased for the ball, and as the pair fell Salah’s arm remained pinned to Ramos’ body; Salah is reported to have dislocated his shoulder, and could even miss the World Cup.
No one has the right to claim Ramos caused the injury on purpose - even if he has a history of bending the rules of the game - but some fans want to see the defender punished.
A petition started by user 'Mohamed Salah Abdel-Hakeem' on change.org has called for UEFA and FIFA to ‘punish Sergio Ramos for intentionally hurting Mohamed Salah’ during the match.
The description reads: ‘Sergio Ramos intentionally kept Mohamed Salah's arm under his armpit, causing dislocation of his shoulder. Not only missing the rest of the game, but also missing the FIFA World Cup 2018.
‘In addition he kept acting that Liverpool players fouled him falsely, causing the referee to give Manne [sic] a yellow card he did not deserve.
‘Sergio Ramos represents an awful example to future generations of football players. Instead of winning matches fairly, he uses tricks that defy the spirit of the game and fair play.
‘UEFA and FIFA should take measures against Ramos and similar players, using the video recordings of matches to keep the spirit of the game.’
Incredibly, given the petition was only started on Saturday night, by midday on Sunday over 100,000 people had signed it!