Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has been slammed for lashing out at a youth player in a training ground incident.
Ramos was involved in the incident in the section of training open to the media, leading up to their Champions League clash with Viktoria Plzen.
The Spanish defender was caught across the nose by Sergio Reguilon in a warm-up game and reacted by lashing out at the 21-year-old – twice blasting a ball at him.
News of the bust-up spread quickly and added to a sense of malaise at Madrid with coach Julen Lopetegui reportedly on the brink of the sack due to a five-match winless run.
But Ramos’ childish act was blasted by football fans, saying he most definitely overreacted given the situation – and his role as captain of the club:
Sergio Ramos is that disgusting team mate no team wants
— flores (@_jonathanf6) October 23, 2018
You shoot that out of a time out. Son. We need Sergio Ramos to violate this guy. Since Ramos into physically abusing his teammates.
— K (@imme_24_11) October 23, 2018
Just saw the video of Sergio Ramos and Reguilón and I must say he is a very good captain but that reaction from him is very bad. No one should react like that to a teammate not to say a Captain at that
— kroosing 🇸🇱 (@LivingLAJ) October 23, 2018
A youngster at Real Madrid accidentally hit Sergio Ramos during a handball game.
Sergio Ramos then slammed him with the ball like a sore toddler twice.
Scum captain for a scum club. pic.twitter.com/DrtqRt0HUt
— M (@futbolofbarca) October 22, 2018
I may not have millions in the bank or play professional football for one of the worlds top clubs, however I would still rather be me than #SergioRamos ! Disgusting behaviour but yet again he gets away with it.
— Aidan Chiselle (@AidanChiselle) October 22, 2018
Ramos later took to Twitter to apologise for his actions, stating:
“Although it may not seem like it, they are quite common situations, but it is no excuse, I should not have reacted that way.
“We always go full, right, Regui? In the end team victory together.”
Aunque no os lo parezca, son situaciones bastante habituales, pero no es excusa, mi reacción no debió ser esa.
Nosotros siempre vamos a full, ¿verdad, Regui? ¡¡Al final victoria del equipo juntos @sergio_regui!! 😜🤥😜🤥
Carpetazo 📂 y a por el partido de mañana.#HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/PIFNFqV6mj
— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) October 22, 2018
In response, Reguilon was also eager to toe the party line.
The left-back tweeted: “I always support my team and my captain. Let’s go after the victory tomorrow!”
VAR craziness leaves Real Madrid coach facing axe
Real Madrid look increasingly likely to part ways with their new coach after a controversial match against Levante extended their horrible run of form.
Julen Lopetegui looks to be on the brink of being sacked as Real Madrid head coach after a shock 2-1 home defeat to Levante.
The Madrid boss made five changes on Saturday in a bid to end a run of four games without a win or a goal.
But Jose Luis Morales and a Roger Marti penalty put Levante two up inside 13 minutes in a dramatic LaLiga match that included three VAR reviews.
Madrid broke their club record for the longest goalless run in their 116-year history by failing to score in the first 56 minutes, a streak finally ended by Marcelo’s strike 18 minutes from time.
But despite hitting the woodwork on three occasions, Madrid fell to defeat that leaves Lopetegui under further pressure to save his job, with the Clasico taking place in just eight days’ time.
It took only six minutes for Levante to strike, Sergio Postigo’s long ball completely missed by Raphael Varane, allowing captain Jose Luis Morales to round Thibaut Courtois and slide into an empty net.
Before they knew it, Madrid were two down. Varane handled when trying to challenge Marti, and after a lengthy VAR review led to a penalty award, the striker took the spot-kick himself and beat Courtois, who got a hand on it.
In a frantic period, Madrid thought they had one back when Marco Asensio headed in from under the bar after Casemiro’s aerial effort smashed off the woodwork, but another long VAR review denied the hosts due to offside.
Read the full VAR story here – with Agencies.