- Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos faces a backlash from angry fans for his takedown of Mohamed Salah during the Champions League final
- An online petition calling on football authorities to punish Ramos has already gained more than 300 000 signatures
- Salah landed awkwardly after being tackled by Ramos and could miss the FIFA World Cup due to an injured shoulder
Real Madrid’s controversial defender Sergio Ramos is facing a backlash from angry Liverpool and Egyptian fans for his takedown of Mohamed Salah during the Champions League final on Saturday night.
An online petition calling on FIFA and UEFA to punish Ramos has already gained more than 300 000 signatures.
The petition comes after Ramos tackled Salah early in the match. The Liverpool star landed awkwardly after the tackle and injured his shoulder. The injury means Salah could miss out on representing Egypt during the FIFA World Cup.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramos is not exactly well-loved outside of Madrid and is known for his abrasive personality and style both on and off the field of play.
Salah was seen weeping shortly after the incident which has put his world cup dreams in doubt.
He has since stated that he has not given up on being fit for the tournament in Russia. Salah said he was a fighter and would do everything he could to be fit and ready for the World Cup.
"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," the petition's author 'Mohamed Salah Abdel-Hakeem' said.
The petition goes on to explain that Ramos is a terrible example for young football fans and claims he is more concerned about winning at any cost than playing in the spirit of the game.
Ramos did send a message to Salah via Twitter, he said he hoped the Liverpool player would get well soon.
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