Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos Trade Barbs After Real Madrid's Win vs. Bayern Munich

Alex KebleFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2017

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos reacts after missing a chance to score during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday April 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has told fellow Spaniard Gerard Pique he should "rewind" to the controversial refereeing decisions during Barcelona's Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain after the Barca star's cryptic tweet appeared to criticise the officiating of Real's tie with Bayern Munich on Tuesday. 

"He should rewind and look back to the PSG game and see if he thinks the same about the referees," Ramos said, per Marca. "Let's wait and see what happens with Juventus in the second leg."

The Real captain's comments came after Pique tweeted an ellipsis on Tuesday evening, assumed to be a response to Cristiano Ronaldo's extra-time goals, both of which should have been called back for offside:

 

Arturo Vidal's second yellow card, for what appeared to be a clean tackle, was the third controversial incident of the night, prompting a furious response from Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti.

"We had thought of everything going into this gameexcept the referee," Ancelotti said, per the BBC. "You can't decide a semi-final spot like this. It shouldn't happen at this level. The referee probably wasn't up to the task."

Pique's short tweet went viral and has now prompted a response from Ramos. The Real centre-back recalled Barcelona's good fortune in winning a controversial penalty in stoppage time at the Camp Nou in March, when the hosts beat PSG 6-1 on the night.

"Nothing new. I'm not surprised," Ramos said of Pique's response, per Dejan Kalinic for Goal.

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Real's win on Tuesday has reignited the debate over video technology in football, after Ancelotti admitted to being swayed after his team's Champions League exit.

"I had never been in favour of video technology, but I must admit it's necessary now," he said, per the BBC.

Real will now enter the Champions League semi-finals for the seventh consecutive season, a new record in the competition, while Pique's Barcelona must overcome a three-goal deficit against Juventus on Wednesday evening to join their rivals.

 

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