An online petition calling for Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos to be punished for “intentionally” injuring Mo Salah has absolutely smashed its initial target – with no signs of slowing down.
Around 22 hours after the petition had been created, it had already received more than 200,000 signatures – with many people outraged enough to call for Ramos to be retrospectively punished by UEFA or FIFA. By 9am,today it had reached 293,672 signatures and counting.
Thirty minutes into last night’s Champions League final, Mo Salah was hauled to the ground by Ramos in a fiercely-debated move that many online deemed intentional.
Images of Salah leaving Kiev’s Olimpiyskiy Stadium last night showed the Egyptian nursing his arm in a sling.
However, pundits and ex pros have jumped to Ramos’ defence.
Former Champions League winners Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand both absolved the Spanish defender of blame and former Everton attacker, Landon Donovan, tweeted: “The foul by Ramos on Salah was not dirty. It was just really unfortunate that it caused that type of injury. Salah deserved better.”
Television cameras picked up on Ramos smirking as Salah departed the field after his shoulder injury – but former Manchester United defender Ferdinand believes it wasn’t related.
The petition, shared on, says: “UEFA and FIFA should take measures against Ramos and similar players, using the video recordings of matches to keep the spirit of the game.”
Salah took to Twitter this evening to address his disappointing evening – and provided an upbeat note on his fitness ahead of the World Cup.
“It was a very tough night, but I’m a fighter,” he wrote. “Despite the odds, I’m confident that I’ll be in Russia to make you all proud.
“Your love and support will give me the strength I need.”
Petitions that reach 100,000 signatures are almost always debated in Parliament but they must call for a specific action from the UK Government or the House of Commons.
Petitions must also be about something that the Government or the House of Commons is responsible for, so we may not see Ramos get punished off the back of this particular outcry.