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Following Pepe’s red card for a dubious challenge on Dani Alves in Wednesday’s first-leg defeat, the defender says the image and spectacle of football is being tarnished

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has reacted angrily to the sending off of Pepe during their Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona on Wednesday evening.

The capital club appeared to be on their way to a scoreless draw against the Catalans, but were unable to keep Barca quiet after Pepe's dismissal and were eventually beaten 2-0, much to the dismay of the full-back.

"You go home outraged after a sending-off that affects the game so deeply. We couldn't believe it. We are realistic and know things are complicated, but Real Madrid must always go for it," Ramos told the club's official website.

"This pantomime has to end. I hope measures are taken because such things tarnish the image and spectacle of football. The team and all Madridismos are hurt by what we saw on the pitch tonight."

Madrid will try to overturn the 2-0 defeat when the two sides meet again next Tuesday, but will have to do so without the suspended Ramos and Pepe.

Ramos is rated by the Castrol EDGE Rankings as the 44th best player currently plying his trade in one of the top five leagues in Europe.

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