New club, same old story for Sergio Ramos as he received another red card in La Liga against Real Sociedad. The veteran defended dashed all hopes of a comeback from Sevilla when he received his marching orders in the 88th minute, the game was poised at 2-1 at that moment. Real Sociedad held off Sevilla to give Sergio Ramos’ side their second loss in three games in all competitions.
The red card grabbed all the headlines due to the fact that technically, Ramos received two red cards for the same sliding tackle on Brais Mendez. The center-back was given his first yellow card in the 82nd minute of the game. Six minutes later, Ramos received his marching orders when he received his second yellow for fouling Mendez.
Sergio Ramos with the Red Card♦️
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— Sine (@FcbSine) November 26, 2023
Sergio Ramos and his teammates pleaded the case for the tackle when the officials in the VAR team informed the on-field referee to check the tackle again in slow motion. Sevilla players thought that VAR was interfering to reverse the decision in favor of Ramos, however, the referee saw the tackle and came back to give a straight red card to Ramos.
The center-back was sent off twice for the same tackle in two minutes but in the record books, it will only be counted as one. The incident gained some traction on social media as fans taunted Ramos for going back to his old ways for picking up these unnecessary suspensions. On the surface level, these taunts may seem harsh but on a closer look at Ramos’ career, the picture becomes clearer.
Sergio Ramos received the 29th red card of his career
This red card was the 29th red card of Sergio Ramos’ career. He has received the most red cards in the 21st century than any other player. In the list, he ranks at the top ahead of former Barcelona player, Rafael Marquez, who has 21 red cards, and Brazilian, Felipe Melo, who has 20 red cards.
This was the first red card for Ramos since he has rejoined Sevilla. It extends his record of having the most red cards in La Liga history, he now has 21 red cards in the Spanish top flight. The aggressive playing style has been a trademark of the Spanish defender but the drawback of the style is evident in his suspension record.
Siempre duele perder, pero más si es así y con una acción desafortunada que ha limitado las opciones del equipo. El fútbol no perdona, pero sí ofrece nuevas oportunidades. La nuestra es el miércoles, el momento para hablar donde sabemos y debemos hacerlo. Vamos a por ello.
— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) November 26, 2023
Ramos joined Sevilla in the summer after rejecting a move from Saudi Pro League. The center-back has been influential in dragging the club out of the relegation zone, however, the initial bump is over as the Spanish side is without a win in seven league games. Their last victory in the league came in September when they defeated Almeria with a 5-1 scoreline.
The straight red card opens the door for suspension for multiple games, which isn’t ideal for Sevilla who are set to host Villarreal on December 3 in their next league fixture. Ramos is expected to take part in the midweek UCL fixture against PSV as they aim to close the gap with the Dutch side, who sits three points above them in Group B.