Real Madrid's Luka Modric: Red Card Foul on Denis Suarez Was 'Accidental Action'

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2019

VIGO, SPAIN - AUGUST 17: Estrada Fernandez, the referee, shows a red card to Luka Modric of Real Madrid during the Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and Real Madrid CF at Abanca-Balaídos on August 17, 2019 in Vigo, Spain. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
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Luka Modric said the challenge on Denis Suarez that earned him a red card in Real Madrid's 3-1 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday was "accidental."

The Croat was sent off after he caught Suarez's heel with his studs in the 57th minute, and he took to Twitter to explain the foul was not intentional:

Luka Modrić @lukamodric10

Expulsión por una acción fortuita.... en la vida haría intencionadamente una entrada así a un compañero. ¡Totalmente involuntaria!🤷🏻‍♂🤷🏻‍♂🤷🏻‍♂🤷🏻‍♂🤷🏻‍♂

Per Goal's Jamie Smith, he said: "Sent off for an accidental action. In life I would never intentionally make such an action on a player. Totally involuntary!"

Modric was handed his marching orders after the referee reviewed the challenge via the video assistant referee screen.

Los Blancos captain Sergio Ramos defended his team-mate but accepted the decision, per Smith:

"Everything used to protect football is good.

"Today the decision was against us. We ended up with one less man, I don't think Modric went in with bad intention but he arrived late and the referee had doubts.

"He spoke to the other officials and reached that decision. VAR's there to help us and if these decisions protect football then they are welcome."

AS' Robbie Dunne, ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan and sports journalist Jonas Giaever all felt a red card was harsh on the playmaker:

Robbie Dunne @robbiejdunne

Red for Modric. Looked really, really clumsy but nothing more than that. He got away with one on Suarez earlier but obviously that shouldn't come into it. Ref didn't even take long to decide once he wen to VAR.

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

Modric sent off! Janey! Did catch Suarez on his heel, but looked more like a yellow to me...

Jonas Giæver @CheGiaevara

That is never a red card for Luka Modric. Clearly a yellow, but holy crap ..

The 33-year-old is not accustomed to being sent off, as OptaJose demonstrated:

OptaJose @OptaJose

1 - Luca Modric has been sent off for the first time in LaLiga and for the second time as Real Madrid player (August 2014 v Atletico de Madrid in Spanish Supercopa). Premiere. https://t.co/oXMR7gDawL

Those are the only two red cards of his career—for club or country.

Given Modric's game is based on his use of the ball in midfield rather than his ability to win it back for his side, it's perhaps not too surprising he's avoided disciplinary issues for the majority of his career.

He will be suspended for Madrid's match against Real Valladolid on Saturday as a result of the red card.

Although neither is a like-for-like replacement, Real boss Zinedine Zidane can call upon Isco or James Rodriguez—who started against Celta on the bench—to fill in.

While they perhaps don't offer as much control in the centre as the veteran, both are capable of making match-winning contributions.