Sergio Ramos has defended his gestures to Sevilla fans after scoring his penalty in Thursday night’s thrilling draw in the Copa Del Rey.
The Sevilla youth product who departed for the Bernabeu in 2005 scored a ‘panenka’ penalty, before running over to Los Rojiblancos fans and cupping his ears, having been the subject of abuse throughout the match.
“It doesn’t [usually] occur to me to celebrate a goal at my home club, but when people shout things about your mother, they don’t deserve respect,” proclaimed Ramos after the game.
“The Sevilla fans do [deserve respect], though. The president should take steps to stop a sector of the fans from tarnishing Sevilla’s support.
“I’ve seen the receptions for [Ivan] Rakitic and [Dani] Alves […] and they’re welcomed back like gods. With me, they insult my mother.
“At no point did I disrespect the Sevilla support. In fact, I apologised to the sections of the stadium that didn’t insult me or shout abuse at me.
“I’ve been coming here for a number of years. Sevilla will always be my home club, regardless of whether I’m whistled. But I’m the Real captain and I look for the best for my team.
“That (love for Sevilla) will never change: the day I die I’ll be buried with the flags of Real Madrid and Sevilla.