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Ramos refutes manipulating ban

Sergio Ramos dismissed talk he picked up a yellow card on purpose in Real Madrid’s 3-0 Champions League quarter-final win over Galatasaray.

The Spaniard went into the referee’s book in the closing stages of the encounter for kicking the ball away after play had been stopped, but the 27-year-old has insisted he was not after a booking in order to pick up a suspension for what looks to be a dead-rubber second leg against the Turkish outfit.

“The referee gave a free kick on the edge of the box, but it wasn’t a foul,” the defender told the club’s official website.

“It was a situation that angers you because you don’t want to concede any goals and it was a dangerous situation on the edge of the box that could have complicated matters.”

Ramos also said he thinks Madrid are on track to make it to the Champions League final after earning a big lead in the first leg.

“We have a special fondness for this competition and it has been years since we last won,” he said.

“We haven’t made it yet but we’re on the right track to get through to the final, without wanting to underestimate anyone because our first priority right now is concluding this quarter-final.”

The second leg takes place in Istanbul on Tuesday.

Thu 4 April, 2013
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