Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos believes the red card he was shown during El Clasico on Sunday was unwarranted because he had no harmful intent.
The Spain international was sent off in the 77th minute for a two-footed tackle on Lionel Messi with the score at 2-2, and Messi went on to net the winner for Barcelona in the 93rd minute.
"The red card was excessive," Ramos told reporters, according to ESPN FC. "I was not going to harm anyone. In my opinion, that was a yellow card, not a red. I was too late, but there was no contact.
"I never have the intention to hurt anyone."
Ramos seemed to direct sarcastic applause at referee Alejandro Hernandez after his sending off, but he insists that was not the case.
"I did not applaud the referee when I walked off. I was talking to (Barcelona's Gerard) Pique, not to the referee," he added.
"Referees can be right and sometimes they are wrong. This one was decisive. But I was chatting to Pique, not the referee."