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Piqué: Ramos should've been sent off in Copa del Rey draw

Pique: Ramos should've been sent off

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Sergio Ramos should have seen red for Real Madrid against Barcelona on Wednesday night, according to Gerard Piqué.

Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué felt Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos should have been sent off in the sides' 1-1 Clásico draw on Wednesday.

"It was a card for Sergio, but what can we do?"

Ramos was booked in just the 10th minute of the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg at Camp Nou and was perhaps fortunate to escape a second yellow for a foul on Arthur and later an incident involving Luis Suárez.

While Piqué said referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz performed well, he thought Ramos should have seen red.

"In general, he has had a good match," he told reporters. "It was a card for Sergio, but what can we do?"

Barça came from behind at home as Malcom cancelled out Lucas Vázquez's opener, with Lionel Messi only able to come off the bench after battling a thigh injury.

Ramos and Suárez engage in a full and frank discussion during Wednesday night's Copa del Rey clash.

Piqué encouraged by Messi fitness signs

Piqué was happy with what he saw from the 31-year-old superstar and he hopes Messi is ready to go against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

"He looked really good to me, fast. He has not felt the discomfort he had and it's good news," he said. "We hope to have him for the San Mamés match and help us."