Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari labelled Sergio Ramos’ red card as an “occupational hazard” in their 2-1 defeat to Girona.
The Spanish centre-back was handed a second yellow card in stoppage-time at the Santiago Bernabeu today after his attempted overhead kick caught Girona’s Pedro Alcala.
It was a record 20th dismissal in La Liga for Ramos, who is facing a UEFA investigation after suggesting to reporters on Wednesday he had deliberately got a yellow card in Real’s 2-1 Champions League win at Ajax in the first leg of their last-16 tie in order to free himself up for the quarter-finals.
But Solari, who accused the press on Saturday of tricking Ramos over his post-match comments at Ajax which led to UEFA’s investigation on his skipper, refused to criticise the 32-year-old.
“They are occupational hazards,” said Solari on Yahoo, when asked about Ramos’ latest sending-off.
Today featured a heavily changed Real side, who were missing a suspended Luka Modric with Gareth Bale benched for the encounter.
“Those questions are impossible,” replied Solari, when asked if he has any regrets over his selection now.
“Talking about past or future hypotheses is not a job we can do. We make decisions and compete and sometimes we do not win.
“It’s a shame, we dropped points, the rivals won and we moved away. We came with a good streak, cutting points and we have to continue striving.
“The league is not lost, at all. We will continue fighting for the three fronts that we have open. All matches are difficult against any team, as demonstrated today. Girona have played a very serious game and we have to keep working to keep trying to win.
“There is always a rival and today they did well both in the first half when we dominated and in the second, they came out with energy, they pressed very well and attacked.
“Attrition is not only physical, it is mental, of concentration… there are many factors. We came from many hard matches that we have overcome and it may be that it took its toll in the second half.”
Los Blancos are now third in La Liga and will next take a trip to Levante UD next Sunday.