However, the 32-year-old has launched his defence on social media, posting a video that would strongly suggest that Sterling had milked the incident and that there was no contact between the players at that moment whatsoever.
🛑🤔🤐— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) October 17, 2018
Nada más que decir.
Nothing else to say. pic.twitter.com/BCuQI3n7hT
Posting in both Spanish and English, he said: “Nothing else to say.”
Ramos has found himself in the spotlight over disciplinary issues regularly throughout a storied career, but since two incidents in the Champions League final, one of which saw Mohamed Salah leave the field prematurely and the other saw Liverpool keeper Loris Karius suffer a concussion, he has come under increased scrutiny.
His performance against England in midweek was marked by a late header which brought further respectability to the scoreline as Spain staged a second-half rally, while he was subject to a fierce early challenge from Eric Dier, which set the tone for the opening period, according to former Three Lions boss Sam Allardyce.
Under Julen Lopetegui, the European champions have made a comparatively slow star domestically, with four wins from eight outings, plus two defeats to boot.
Their recent form has been especially poor, with no wins in their last four in all competitions and not even a single goal scored.
Prior to the international break, they suffered a stunning 1-0 Champions League loss away to CSKA Moscow then followed that up with a 1-0 defeat to Alaves in La Liga, which has turned up the heat on new boss Lopetegui.