Football’s most divisive figure has courted more unwanted attention after a nasty elbow forced a bloodied opponent off the pitch in the Champions League.
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos appeared to get away with a nasty elbow on Viktoria Plzen defender Milan Havel during their Champions League group stage encounter.
Racing over to cut off a threat, Ramos raised his elbow as he passed by Havel, catching him in the face and leaving the defender down in a heap.
With blood streaming out of his nose, Havel was able to continue after receiving treatment on the pitch.
Incredibly, Ramos escaped any kind of punishment for the incident.
Madrid were hardly bothered by Ramos’ antics, however, as they scored an easy 5-0 win over the Czech side.
However, the win was undoubtedly overshadowed by Ramos’ latest controversy, which has led to a torrent of outrage from fans on social media.
I’m honestly one of the biggest @realmadrid fans out there, but the shit @SergioRamos does every week is horrible. It’s getting harder to watch every single week! Stop hitting your opponents!!! This is not what Madrid stands for! #HalaMadrid
— PaolaSanchezL (@PaolaSanchezL1) November 7, 2018
‘Master of the dark arts’ Football fans want Sergio Ramos banned after disgraceful challenge during Plzen v Real Madrid – GIVEMESPORT https://t.co/M4LNt2Nwzo
— George Donikian (@GeorgeDonikian) November 7, 2018
Nasty elbow by Sergio Ramos, definitely a red card by the book in my opinion.
— Sundeng (@Sundengs) November 7, 2018
Evil Genius Sergio Ramos leaves Milan Havel with bloody nose following collision https://t.co/tU7jOVmNZr
— Prof Imonokha Enakhena (@aigbanegbe) November 7, 2018
— espentvedt (@fotballtvedt) November 7, 2018
The 32-year-old is no stranger to attracting controversy in the Champions League.
Ramos copped a torrent of abuse from supporters over his tussle with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in last season’s final that left the Egyptian with a dislocated shoulder.
Five-star Madrid run rampant
Karim Benzema’s first-half brace propelled Madrid to a 5-0 thrashing of Viktoria Plzen, putting the holders one win from the last 16 after a third straight victory under Santiago Solari.
Former Real midfielder Solari took over from the sacked Julen Lopetegui as interim coach on October 29, and has now seen his side score 11 times without reply following wins over Melilla and Real Valladolid.
“I think we played a very nice game today, we scored wonderful goals,” Solari told reporters. “A 5-0 win in the Champions League — I can only be happy with that.”
The 42-year-old Argentinian dismissed questions about his possible future as Real’s head coach.
“I only think about the next game. Football is about the present and it’s the next game that matters,” he said, with a trip to Celta Vigo on Sunday next up for Real.
Benzema struck first in the 21st minute on Wednesday, weaving his way through the Plzen defence and beating goalkeeper Ales Hruska with a low shot.
Casemiro made it two shortly afterwards by nodding in a Toni Kroos corner, and Benzema headed home himself in the 37th minute after Gareth Bale had found him unmarked just yards out.
Bale scored five minutes before half-time, beating Hruska with a low left-footed shot at his far post following Benzema’s flick-on header.
Kroos rounded off the scoring in the 68th minute, curling a sumptuous lob over the stranded Hruska following a pass from rising star Vinicius Junior, who came on as a second-half substitute.