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Real Madrid Sergio Ramos Accuses Lionel Messi Of Pressuring Referee At El Clasico

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| May 7 , 2018 , 18:02 IST

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos believes that 'El Clasico' referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez gave into the pressure put on him by Barcelona forward Lionel Messi at halftime in Sunday’s thrilling game at the Nou Camp that ended 2-2.

The Nou Camp supporters were angered by a series of controversial decisions by the referee in the first half including his failure to punish Real forward Gareth Bale for a studs-up challenge on Samuel Umtiti Barca following by sending defender Sergi Roberto off for clashing with Marcelo.

At the end of first half, Barca players reportedly crowded around Hernandez, further angering the home fans. Wales forward then refrained Liga champions from registering a victory by hitting a scorching late equaliser from outside the area.

"Messi put him under a bit of pressure in the tunnel, I don’t know if there are cameras, maybe he caused him to referee in the second half in a different way," Ramos told reporters, adding, "He said everything to him. This is football and everything should stay on the pitch."

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Ramos went ahead to say that he assumed Suarez was exaggerating his pain when the Uruguayan striker went down after a challenge in the first half. Real had not put the ball out of play at the time which angered Barca players.

"When an opponent is down on the floor and you think it’s serious you normally kick the ball out of play. But I know him a little and I know what he’s like," Ramos said, "We always respect Barcelona but in that play I thought kicking the ball out was not necessary."

Nonetheless, both sets of players were happy with the draw as La Liga champions Barca maintained their track and now, they must remain unbeaten against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to become the first side to go through a 38-game campaign in Spain's top flight unbeaten.

"We watched an incredible game of football and I can’t say if the draw is fair or not," said Real coach Zinedine Zidane. Talking about referee's performance, he said, "Those that came to the stadium will go home happy. The game had a little bit of everything, I imagine it was very tough to referee."