‘It was for my nephew’: Sergio Ramos defends his glasses celebration after scoring for Spain after he was booked by the referee for inciting Romania fans during Euro 2020 qualifier
- Spain beat Romania 2-1 on Thursday night, with Sergio Ramos scoring a penalty
- He ran off to celebrate and put his hands over his eyes, mimicking glasses
- But the defender was booked by the referee for inciting the Romanian crowd
The defender was booked by referee Deniz Aytekin for inciting the Romanian crowd after he netted from the penalty spot in the 29th minute.
After scoring, he ran to the nearest TV camera, putting his hands over around his eyes to mimic wearing glasses.
Sergio Ramos tries to explain to the referee his celebration after being booked
He was then stunned after being booked by the referee for his actions, before clarifying later that the celebration was not a taunt to opposition fans but as message to his nephew, who like himself wears glasses.
‘I’ve already spoken to the referee. The celebration was to give the goal to my nephew, who also wears glasses, like me. It was to tell him there’s nothing wrong with wearing glasses,’ Ramos explained.
‘It was directed at the camera. The referee understood, he apologised and regretted it.’
The defender and his team-mates won the clash 2-1 despite going down to 10 men during the closing stages.
Ramos struck from the spot as his side won 2-1 on Thursday evening in Romania