Sergio Ramos has been accused of deliberately injuring Mo Salah in the Champions League final
Sergio Ramos (L) has been accused of deliberately injuring Mo Salah in the Champions League final
More than 400,000 people have signed a petition calling for FIFA to punish Sergio Ramos for “intentionally hurting” Mo Salah.
Liverpool’s talisman Salah went off injured in the first half of the Champions League final after a challenge from the Real Madrid defender.
The organisers of a change.org petition have argued the Spaniard deliberately held the Egyptian winger’s arm “under his armpit, causing dislocation of his shoulder”.
Hundreds of thousands of people had signed in support of the claims on Monday evening, with the petition calling on UEFA and FIFA to punish Ramos.
It comes as Egyptian lawyer Bassem Wahba launched a €1bn (£873m) lawsuit against Ramos
Mr Wahba said he had filed a complaint to FIFA claiming Ramos had inflicted “physical and psychological harm” upon Salah.
He told the Egyptian television channel Sada El-Balad: “Ramos intentionally injured Mo Salah and should be punished about his actions.”
Mr Wahab continued: “I’ve filed a lawsuit and a complaint to FIFA.
“I’ll ask for compensation, which could exceed €1bn, for the physical and psychological harm that Ramos gave Salah and the Egyptian people.”
The Premier League’s 2017/2018 top scorer has said he is “confident” he will be fit for the summer tournament in Russia despite injury fears.
The 25-year-old left the field in tears before Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory in Kiev on Saturday night.
Liverpool had nine shots while he was on the pitch but none for the remaining of the half.
Mo Salah has been injured in the Champions League final
Ramos, who was not given a yellow card for his controversial challenge, wished Salah an “early recovery” on Sunday.
In a tweet translated from Spanish, he wrote: “Football teaches you the sweetest face at times and the bitterest of others (sic).
“First of all we are partners.
“Early recovery, Salah. The future awaits you.”
Those who created the petition to punish Ramos also criticised his performance in the rest of the match.
They wrote: “He kept acting that (sic) Liverpool players fouled him falsely, causing the referee to give Mane a yellow card he did not deserve.
“Sergio Ramos represents an awful example to future generations of football players.
“Instead of winning matches fairly, he uses tricks that defy the spirit of the game and fair play.
“UEFA and FIFA should take measures against Ramos and similar players, using the video recordings of matches to keep the spirit of the game.”