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Defender says los Blancos will not be throwing in the towel in the title race, praises the club's fans and the team's spirit, and questions a key refereeing decision

Following Real Madrid's 1-1 draw in the first of four Clasicos, secured after Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty cancelled out an earlier spot-kick from Lionel Messi, Blancos' defender Sergio Ramos praised his team's fighting spirit, highlighted the two pivotal moments that the referee treated differently, and promised that Madrid would not give up the Primera Division title race until it was mathematically impossible to win it.

Speaking to AS.com, Ramos said: “Our attitude was good after the sending off and we did well to draw the game.

"The referee could've sent Dani Alves off when he fouled Marcelo for the penalty, but he didn't. Yet, he didn't hesitate to send [Raul] Albiol off."

Ramos then assured Real Madrid fans that his side will not be throwing in the towel in the title race: “We are forced to keep fighting until the end because there is no mathematical champion, but it would be difficult to win the league [this season]”.

He also praised the Bernabeu faithful as well as the spirit within the Madrid camp: “It is important to highlight the unity within the team as well as with the fans.

"When we went a man down and it was ten against eleven, they [Barca] dominated us even more, but you cannot reproach the team."

Ramos is expected to play a major part in the remaining three Clasico matches, the next of which sees the two Spanish giants compete for the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

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