Sergio Ramos has revealed that referee Deniz Aytekin apologised to him for showing him a yellow card after his goal celebration in Spain's 2-1 win over Romania on Thursday.
The Real Madrid centre-back opened the scoring from the penalty spot in Bucharest, converting his 10th penalty out of 12 attempts from 12 yards for his country, with the in-form Paco Alcacer doubling the lead.
But after he made a glasses gesture by putting his hands to his face as he celebrated his goal, referee Aytekin decided to show Ramos a yellow card, seemingly thinking he was trying to provoke the crowd.
But Ramos explained that the celebration was intended to be a message for his nephew, who wears glasses, and that the match official apologised to him after the game.
"I already talked to the referee," he explained. "It was to dedicate the goal to my nephew, who also wears glasses to see like me.
"It was to tell him that there is nothing wrong with wearing glasses. I was going to the camera. The referee understood, he apologised and regretted it."
Ramos also urged Spain to show more of a clinical edge after they needed a superb Kepa Arrizabalaga save in stoppage time to claim all three points in the Euro 2020 qualifying clash.
Substitute Florin Andone had earlier cut the deficit for Cosmin Contra's side and Spain had Diego Llorente sent off with 11 minutes remaining after the defender brought down George Puscas.
Kepa then justified his selection over David de Gea when he thrust out a leg to keep out a Puscas header as Spain made it five wins from five in Group F to give coach Robert Moreno victory in his first game since being named Luis Enrique's permanent successor.
"We knew that it was going to be a complicated scenario," Ramos added.
"Any national match has a tremendous difficulty, and it has been that way. Despite having made a great first half to have more of an advantage, it has not been so.
"We must learn to kill off these matches, not to reach the end with fear of losing all three points."
Maximum points at the halfway stage of the qualifying campaign means Euro 2012 winners Spain are almost assured of their place at next year's tournament.
But ahead of Sunday's home game against the Faroe Islands, Ramos told his team not to take their eye off the prize.
"Winning away from home and achieving the goal gives you that peace of mind," he said. "But we have not done anything yet because we want to be first in the group and get to 30 points."