Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos has slammed critics blaming the defender for a pair of incidents during his team's Champions League final victory over Liverpool, saying accusations have "been blown out of all proportion."
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was forced off with a dislocated shoulder after the Egypt international and Ramos became entangled during the first half. Later, the four-time Champions League winner collided with Reds shot-stopper Loris Karius when he was pushed from behind by Virgil van Dijk. Salah is set to miss Egypt's World Cup opener against Uruguay, and Karius has since been diagnosed with a concussion.
Ramos says the criticism against him has been unfairly amplified.
"(Salah) pulls my arm first, and I fall on the other side. Then when his other arm is injured, they say that I've done a judo move on him. Then the goalkeeper says he is concussed after a clash with me," he added.
Karius was responsible for two howlers that gifted Real its first and third goals in the 3-1 defeat. In addition to directing blame at Ramos for the German's gaffes, some Liverpool fans drafted a petition imploring FIFA and UEFA to punish the defender retroactively for his role in Salah's injury.
Ramos has allegedly received threats stemming from the incidents, though the World Cup winner takes it in stride, deriding the disproportionate amount of criticism with a sarcastic barb.
"Now it only needs Firmino to say he got the flu as a drop of my sweat fell on him."