Sergio Ramos Slams Referee After Real Madrid Defeat to Levante

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2020

VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 22: Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid gestures after the Liga match between Levante UD and Real Madrid CF at Ciutat de Valencia on February 22, 2020 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)
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Sergio Ramos criticised referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez after Real Madrid slipped to a shock 1-0 defeat against Levante on Saturday.

Ramos, who was booked 10 minutes into the match, felt Real should have been awarded two penalties for handballs.

ESPN FC's Alex Kirkland shared his comments:

Per Goal's Robin Bairner, he added: 

"The criteria is different. They gave a penalty against me for an involuntary handball in the Supercopa de Espana. Today, there are two and they don't give it.

"I'm annoyed with Hernandez Hernandez. Referees were more respectful before and captains could speak to them. The arrogance is something that you have or you don't have."

It is not the first time Ramos has complained after a match officiated by Hernandez Hernandez this season.

In December, he said the video assistant referee failed to award Real Madrid two penalties in their 0-0 draw with Barcelona after Raphael Varane appeared to be fouled twice by Ivan Rakitic and Clement Lenglet. Hernandez Hernandez did not consult the pitchside monitors to review the footage in either instance.

Levante won on Saturday thanks to Jose Luis Morales' superb strike in the 79th minute after Los Blancos had failed to capitalise on a number of chances throughout the game:

Football writer Dermot Corrigan felt Ramos was unfortunate to receive a yellow card:

Sports writer and commentator Andy West also thought there could have been several penalties for handballs during the match:

Eden Hazard, making his second appearance back in the side after 16 games out with a microfracture in his ankle, also limped out of the clash after a knock on the same ankle.

Real had opened up a three-point lead over Barcelona when the Catalan giants lost to Valencia in January, but after a 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo and their defeat to Levante, they are now two points behind their bitter rivals.

Los Blancos are set to face Barcelona in La Liga on March 1, but before then they will take on Manchester City in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.

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