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Soccer: The twenty-seventh expulsion of Ramos

Just as Spain has a black legend, Real Madrid has it toon. It is not surprising since it is considered in many respects as a transcript of Spain,


Just as Spain has a black legend, Real Madrid has it toon. It is not surprising since it is considered in many respects as a transcript of Spain, I would even say that it is intimately claimed for it. Only that the black legend of Spain was created from outside, especially from the British Empire, successor to ours, until it penetrated our own country, while that of Madrid has been created in the interior of Spain by repetition and insistence of the many adversaries of the club. And what I see after time is seeping out. I say this because of L’Équipe’s comment about the expulsion of Sergio Ramos against Lorient.

“He thought they were refereeing him like in Madrid and he was warned consecutively (81 ‘and 85’),” said L’Équipe. Like in Madrid? The colleague who wrote this, undoubtedly influenced by a noise that is reaching him, ignore that Ramos is the record of expulsions in the Spanish League, with 20, to which we must add another 6, of which 5 arrived in the Champions League (also a record, this one shared with Davids and Ibrahimovic), and one in the Super Cup. In total 26 expulsions with Real Madrid, which contrast with the zero expulsions suffered by the National Team in their 180 games with it. Nor was he expelled at Sevilla, although he did not play as much there.

And yet he goes to France and they expel him because “he thought they were refereeing him like in Madrid.” It clashes even more in L’Équipe, of traditional mutual admiration with ‘Le Réal’, because the success of the European Cup is a tribute to the joint drive of both institutions. But the noise has been so persistent that it has ended up penetrating there and provokes this slight comment from an editor who undoubtedly thinks so because he has heard it many times from Spain. It is something with which Madrid carries here since it became the best, back in the distant fifties, and which is now found even in the pages of its old and beloved L’Équipe.