Football: Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos pleads for more leniency after Deportivo red card

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos (right) clashing with Deportivo La Coruna's Fabian Schar during their match on Aug 20, 2017.
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos (right) clashing with Deportivo La Coruna's Fabian Schar during their match on Aug 20, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

BARCELONA (REUTERS) - Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos believes English referees are more lenient than their Spanish counterparts and has asked LaLiga match officials to take a leaf out of the Premier League books after being sent off in Sunday's 3-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna in which Gareth Bale, Casemiro and Toni Kroos were on target for the visitors.

The captain earned a second booking in injury time for elbowing Deportivo's Borja Valle while challenging for an aerial ball, adding to the yellow card he received in the second half for slapping Fabian Schar in an off-the-ball scuffle.

"In some areas, we need to look more at English football and let the players play on more, I like their system better. In Europe, referees are more tolerant," Ramos, who received the 23rd red card of his Real Madrid career, told reporters.

"I don't agree with the (second) yellow card, it was harsh, but I respect the opinion of the referee. I have no intention of hurting him, I just supported myself, but you learn from everything."

Explaining the first incident with Schar, which occurred when Deportivo's Zakaria Bakkali was injured on the floor, Ramos added: "We didn't kick the ball out because they didn't do it (earlier in the game).

"They ran after me, Schar headbutted me and all I did was push him out the way without trying to hurt him."

Ramos has earned the most red cards received as a Real player, with former defender Fernando Hierro trailing way behind on 12 sending-offs.

Out of Ramos' 23 red cards, 18 have come in the Spanish LaLiga, three were shown in the Champions League and two in the King's Cup.

The centre-back, however, has never been dismissed in 143 games for Spain.

Five players were sent off in eight LaLiga games over the weekend, compared to two in nine Premier League games.