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Juanfran hurt by Pepe taunts

SoccerNews in La Liga 12 Nov 2012

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Levante left-back Juanfran claims Real Madrid defender Pepe mocked his team-mates in the wake of Los Blancos’ 2-1 victory on Sunday.

The Spanish champions were made to work hard to bag all three points at Ciutat de Valencia, with youngster Alvaro Morata heading a late winner for the visitors.

“Before we went into the dressing room, I saw Pepe coming off the pitch dancing, laughing and mocking us. Everybody saw it, the security guards, the police, his own team, all of us. It’s 100 percent true,” the 36-year-old told reporters.

The former Spain international went on to comment on an incident between his team-mate Sergio Ballesteros and Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

“The police and stadium security were called and they separated the pair and made sure we went into the dressing rooms,” he said.

“Sergio Ramos’ comments were sad. If he says one thing, then he should also say it about Pepe.

“He shouldn’t hide anything but I find it sad that when they win, they laugh and mock their opponents. It happened in the Cup two years ago.”

Ramos lashed out at Ballesteros in the aftermath of the match, insisting boxing would be a more suitable sport for the defender.

The 37-year-old was involved in an altercation in the tunnel after the match, and the Spain international was not impressed with the veteran’s behaviour.

“If he doesn’t like football and prefers boxing, then he should just switch sports,” Ramos said.

“You get tired of people like him. He’s a bad loser. Ask him what happened in the tunnel.

“We did our job on the pitch and we are happy with the win.”

Real Madrid remain third in La Liga, trailing leaders Barcelona by eight points with 11 games played. Levante are sixth.

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