Sergio Ramos sends message to Pique after El Clasico red card

The Real Madrid defender mocked his Spain teammate's comments about unfair officiating after his own sending off in Sunday's match.  

A war of words that often has dominated social media spilled over into real life on Sunday as Sergio Ramos jawed at Gerard Pique moments after the Real Madrid defender was sent off in El Clasico.

After referee Alejandro Hernandez gave Ramos his marching orders for a two-footed lunge on Lionel Messi in the 78th minute, the Madrid defender argued with the official for a few moments. He then put the captain's armband on Marcelo and started to leave the field. 

As he walked off, he noticed Barcelona centre-back Pique and began to make a talking motion with his hand, with cameras capturing Ramos saying, "Talk now. Talk now."

He later pointed toward the boxes at the Bernabeu, making references to Pique's previous comments that the Barca defender's view was that La Liga officials often sit in the box and favour Madrid.

Pique also had made his own gesture to the directors' box after a defeat to Villarreal, with many interpreting the incident as blaming Liga president Javier Tebas for two controversial decisions in that game.

The Spain internationals said as recently as March that they're able to put aside their well-publicised beef for the sake of the national team, starting together in a World Cup qualifier against Israel and a friendly against France.

But Sunday's incident is just the latest in a war of words - both written and spoken - between the two defenders.

 

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Real did focus on Messi, though, seemingly intent on nullifying his influence by any means necessary. Casemiro was booked just 13 minutes in for cynically scything the 29-year-old down after being embarrassed by Messi's quick feet in the middle of the park.

Marcelo, meanwhile, left the Clasico's all-time record goalscorer (23) prone on the Bernabeu turf with blood pouring out of his mouth with a careless elbow to the face.

Messi would have his revenge, though, retaliating not with aggression but artistry, bravely refusing to stop running at his rivals. He made five dribbles in the first half alone; the rest of the players on the pitch managed two between them.

He was felled twice more by Casemiro before the break, twice more he picked himself up off the ground and continued to carry the fight to Real.

Thirty-three minutes in, he finally lost his Brazilian tormentor for the first time and capitalised in scintillating fashion. He took a pass from Rakitic in his stride to glide past Luka Modric before then leaving Dani Carvajal swinging at thin air as he slotted the ball coolly past Keylor Navas to level the game.

Messi was involved again as Barca took the lead with 17 minutes to go. The Argentina captain found his path to goal blocked - legally, for once - but Rakitic picked up the pieces and unleashed a thunderous strike that left the brilliant Navas with no chance.

When Sergio Ramos was rightly shown a straight red card for throwing himself into a disgusting two-footed lunge at Messi just four minutes later, the game appeared to be up for Real. However, the 10 men incredibly drew level when substitute James Rodriguez turned in Marcelo's cross.

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