Ballesteros criticises Real overreaction

Levante defender Sergio Ballesteros stated that the full story is not being told with regards to the fracas that transpired in his side's 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid.

Levante vs Real Madrid: Sergio Ballesteros, Pepe

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The players from two sides were said to have had a row in the dressing room while Real defender Pepe was reported, since denied by the capital club, to have goaded the Levante players for losing the match at the Estadi Ciutat de València.

Levante captain Ballesteros was also alleged to have attempted to harm the Portuguese defender for his actions but the Spaniard has denied such reports and has gone on record criticising the behaviour of the Madrid players as well as the slandering by a few sensational media agencies.

"I have never assaulted anyone in my life, and I certainly have never attacked Pepe. The only thing I did was enter the dressing room to see how Cristiano was," he told reporters after the game.

"I'm not going to criticise or judge anybody, but things happen for a reason. There was a ruckus for a reason, it didn't happen by chance. You only have to look at what happened.

"I am hurt by what has been said. I am used to being criticised, but I've played in La Liga for 20 years, and I haven't been sent off for five years. 

"Before the game I congratulated Sergio Ramos and Casillas because what they have done with the national team has made us very proud. 

"I'm very hurt by what has been said about David [Navarro, who elbowed Ronaldo]. People have made judgments about him and about me. David was going for the ball and didn't see Cristiano.

"It's as if Levante have done something extraordinary or illegal, but the only thing we did wrong was to have Real Madrid against the ropes for 80 minutes.

"I'm not going to judge Real Madrid, but Levante have 103 years of history and I ask for a bit of respect for us. It seems absurd to bring up photos from the past. Sunday's game was a clean game and it will go down in history as just another day in our 103-year history."

Moreover, Levante defender David Navarro accidentally caused an eye injury to Cristiano Ronaldo, forcing the attacker to be substituted at half-time. Reports in the Spanish press after the game seemed to indicate that the player had deliberately sought to hurt the Portuguese star in a bid to reduce Madrid's attacking threat. 

But Navarro strongly denies any intent as he stated, "It was an unlucky move, at no time did I want to hurt Cristiano Ronaldo. These things happen in games, and I regret having caused an injury, but again it was totally unintentional."

"I called Ronaldo to wish him a speedy recovery."

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