Football Fans Blast Sergio Ramos for tackle on Salah
Despite the emergence of Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid of Spain as the first player to captain his side to three UEFA Champions League titles, football fans have taken to twitter to blast him for what they consider as a malicious tackle on Liverpool of England’s star, Mohamed Salah, in last night’s UEFA Champions League final match.
The outcome of yesterday’s match played in Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, was considered by soccer pundits in their previews of the tie as largely dependent on the roles of Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, considering the individual achievements of both players and their unique but contrasting styles.
Ronaldo has been awarded the Ballon d’OR five times (the same as Lionel Messi) and is the highest goal scorer for his country, Portugal, and Real Madrid. He is idolized by football fans all over the world.
Similarly, Salah is Africa’s player of the year and is idolized by millions of football fans, particularly in his fatherland, Egypt, and his club, Liverpool. He has scored 44 goals for Liverpool in all competitions, this season. Ten of those goals were scored in the Champions league.
However, both players played unusually subordinate roles in last night’s match. While Ronaldo’s best effort was a ferocious header that Liverpool’s goalkeeper parried, Salah’s stardom was dimmed in the match and halted by an injury.
Sergio Ramos dragged him to the ground in the 29th minute of play, leading him to land awkwardly on his shoulder. That incident forced Salah to leave the pitch in pains and tears. He was replaced by Adam Lallana in the 30th minute.
Real Madrid proceeded to win the match by 3-1. Kareem Benzema netted the team’s first goal in the 51st minute of play after an absurd mistake by Loris Karius, Liverpool’s goalkeeper. Gareth Bale scored the other two goals in the 64th and 83rd minutes of play, respectively. Sadio Mane scored Liverpool’s only goal in the 55th minute.
Accordingly, football fans have taken to twitter to express their opinion on the incident that led to Salah’s departure from the pitch. Most of them seem to believe that Ramos intentionally set out to injure Salah.
For instance, Guru (@Aro Samuel 1) tweeted: “Sergio Ramos is the kind of guy who’d unplug your life support machine to charge his phone”.
Also, David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) tweeted: “Honestly, that was a disgrace from Sergio Ramos. He’s ended @MoSalah’s night, and possibly his world cup with a cynical, horrible foul. Believe me, Ramos knew what he was doing there, dragging the arm down like that and holding. Red card all day. #UCL Final”.
In a similar vein, James Melville (@JamesMelville) tweeted: “Sergio Ramos cynically took out Liverpool’s best player, Mo Salah. But, what’s been overlooked is that he also took out Liverpool’s goalkeeper Loris Karius just before his calamitous errors”.
Herve Gogo (@hervegogo) agreed with the above view by tweeting: “Dear @JamesMelville I couldn’t agree more with you. Sergio Ramos is a multi recidivist and he was the villain again yesterday night. He deliberately committed these fouls on Salah and Karius and should be punished by #UEFA #UEFAChampionsLeagueFinal.”
However, Prins (@KindPrins) differed from the above views by tweeting: “I’m not a fan of Sergio Ramos, but if you still blame him for Mo Salah’s injury after watching what happened … then football is not for you. Tennis is probably the game you should be watching – where players stick to their lane with no body contact with opponents”.
On his part, Sergio Ramos has displayed a spirit of sportsmanship by posting on his twitter account that:
“Sometimes football shows you its good side and other times the bad. Above all, we are fellow pros #GetWellSoon #MoSalah”.
Meanwhile, a post from Egypt National Football Team’s twitter account indicates that Salah could be fit enough to join the Pharoahs of Egypt to the World Cup. The tweet is written in Arabic but has been translated by The Sun Football as:
“Dr Mohammed Abu Ola, an elected physician reported that the Liverpool Medical Service had informed him after conducting a radiation on the shoulder of Salah and the result was that the player was alarmed at the shoulder bands he added that according to the diagnosis he was optimistic that Salah would be attached to the national team in the world cup.”
Egypt’s first match at the World Cup would be against Uruguay on June 15. Salah’s country would face Russia on June 19 and Saudi Arabia on June 25.
The World Cup would kick off in Russia on June 14. The final match would be played on July 18.
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